Making Their Mark in History, First Pets

19 January 2017

As the First Pets, Bo and Sunny, prepare to leave their big “white house”, I thought it would be an appropriate time to mention some of the other First Pets who made their “mark” on the White House lawn.  I must first mention George Washington’s Sweetlips, Scentwell and Vulcan (American Staghounds) and Drunkard, Taster, Tipler, and Tipsy (Black and Tan Coonhounds) who were the only First Pups not to live in the White House, but instead in Philadelphia.  With names like those, it’s not surprising that George Washington owned the largest distillery in America! The first “First Pups” to roam the White House lawn were Juno, Mark, and Satan.  There have been been many First Pups since, but the first White House dog to receive regular newspaper coverage was Warren G. Harding’s pup, Laddie Boy, an Airedale Terrier.   Calvin Coolidge had twelve dogs, a couple of raccoons, a goose, a wallaby, and more!  Some of the more notable First Pets….Barney and Miss Beazley of George W. Bush; Socks the cat and Buddy the Labrador Retriever of Bill Clinton; Millie the Springer Spaniel of George H.W. Bush; Rex the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel of Ronald Reagan;  and how can we forget the First Pony, Macaroni of John F. Kennedy...Apparently there was some horsing around in the White House.  

Every American president, so far, has had one or more pets living with him in the White House.  So far the next president to take office on January 20th, 2017, does not have a pet.  It remains to be seen if he will share the spotlight with a First Pup, but if he does I bet that First Pup will have a nicer gold “chain” than most humans.