Published On: Oct 26 2012 06:17:36 AM CDTUpdated On: Apr 11 2016 10:10:46 AM CDT
In honor of National Pet Day, take a look at photos of first pets dating back to the late 1800s, including Miss Beazley, the Scottish terrier owned by President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush while they were in the White House.
Sunny, a female Portuguese water dog, joined Bo Obama as "first pet" in August 2013. In a post on the White House's website, Sunny is described as "full of energy and very affectionate," whose name was chosen to "fit her cheerful personality."
Bo, a male of the same breed, came to the White House shortly after the Obamas first arrived at the White House in 2009.
President George W. Bush with his dog, Barney. The Bushes also had another Scottish terrier names Miss Beazley, a dog named Spot and a cat named India while they were in the White House.
President Bill Clinton moved into the White House with Socks the cat. The Clintons eventually got a chocolate lab, Buddy.
President George H.W. Bush with his dog, Millie, and her puppies.
Rex the King Charles cavalier spaniel rushes to greet President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan. The Reagans also had another dog, Lucky, a Bouvier des Flandres.
President Jimmy Carter’s daughter, Amy, poses with her cat, Misty Malarky Ying Yang.
President Gerald Ford pets Liberty the Golden Retriever. Liberty had puppies while in the White House, and the Ford family also had a Siamese cat named Shan.
President Richard Nixon’s family had three dogs while they were in the White House: Pasha, Vicky and King Timahoe. Nixon owned his most famous pet, a cocker spaniel named Checkers, while he was vice president.
President Lyndon B. Johnson “sings” along with his dog, Yuki. The Johnsons also had Beagles named Beagle, Little Beagle, Him and Her, plus a white collie named Blanco.
President John F. Kennedy’s family brought a zoo with them to the White House, including four dogs, a cat, multiple birds, two hamsters, at least two ponies and a horse. Here, daughter Caroline Kennedy rides her pony, Macaroni, on the White House lawn.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower walks alongside his Weimarander, Heidi. The Eisenhowers also had a parakeet while in the White House.
President Harry Truman was given a cocker spaniel named Feller for Christmas. The Trumans ended up giving the dog to Truman’s physician.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his wife had seven dogs, including Fala the Scottish terrier.
President Herbert Hoover stands with his dog King Tut. The Hoovers had several other dogs, too.
First lady Grace Coolidge, wife of President Calvin Coolidge, shows her pet raccoon, Rebecca, to children gathered on the White House lawn for an Easter Egg Roll. The Coolidges also had 11 dogs, two cats, another raccoon, a bobcat, a donkey and several birds. Foreign leaders also gave them lion cubs, a wallaby, a pigmy hippo and a bear as gifts.
President Warren G. Harding and his wife, Florence, had an Airedale named Laddie Boy, an English Bulldog named Old Boy and several canaries.
President Woodrow Wilson had a ram and several sheep that nibbled on the White House lawn.
President William Howard Taft kept a cow named Pauline Wayne on the White House grounds. Here, she is seen in front of the State, War and Navy Building, now known as the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.
Archie Roosevelt, one of President Theodore Roosevelt’s sons, sits on Algonquin the pony. The Roosevelts also had several horses, five dogs, two cats, a badger, a number of guinea pigs, several snakes, a lion, a hyena, five bears, a zebra, two parrots and a few other animals.
President Benjamin Harrison’s son, Russell, had a pet goat named Old Whiskers. Here, Maj. Russell Harrison and his children pose with the goat.
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