Today is President's Day but I asked Mom when the dogs in the White House have their day and she didn't know. So I decided that today should be President's Dog's Day.
I did a little research and found that most of our Presidents have lived with dogs. Some had it better than others, though. Let's start at the beginning, George Washington is credited with founding the American Foxhound. He used some Coonhounds and bred them to use for hunting. I don't know if he ever had a favorite or a house pup. He had some weird names for his dogs, Drunkard, Tipler and Tipsy. Do you think old George had a problem?
John Adams, who is related to our mom, was the first pres to live in the White House. He had several mixed breed dogs including Satan and Juno. His wife Abigail once wrote, " If you love me... you must love my dog." Our Mom feels the same way.
Thomas Jefferson had some Briards which are herding dogs. They worked his flock and also lived in the house with him. They didn't get to live in the White House, but stayed home at Monticello, which is a pretty nice place to live.
Hey Woos, James Madison had a Siberian Husky.
Abraham Lincoln had a yellow dog named Fido. When the Lincolns moved to Washington, Mr Lincoln paid a family to take good care of his dog back in Illinois and insisted that the dog live in the house. When Mr Lincoln died, Fido went to watch the funeral procession go by.
James Buchanan and Ulysses Grant and Rutherford Hayes all had Newfoundlands. That's a lot of dog.
Listen up, Ruby and Mitch and Molly, all these Presidents had Airedales, Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding and Calvin Coolidge.
Calvin Coolidge must have really liked dogs, he had lots of them including a couple of white Collies named Rob Roy and Prudence.
Herbert Hoover had a bunch of dogs, too. This one is King Tut, a Belgian Shepherd.
Franklin Roosevelt had several dogs but the most famous one was Fala, a Scottie.
Dwight Eisenhower had a Weimaraner named Heidi.
John Kennedy had a whole bunch of dogs, maybe as many as we have. Maybe the best known was Charlie, a Welsh Terrier.
Lyndon Johnson 's best known dogs are his Beagles, Him and Her, but he also had a Mutt names Yuki that his daughter found roaming at a gas station.
Richard Nixon had Checkers, a Cocker Spaniel and King Timahoe, an Irish Setter.
Gerald Ford had Liberty, a Golden Retriever.
Jimmy Carter had an Afghan Hound named Lewis Brown, but I don't think he ever lived at the White House.
Ronald Regan had Rex, a King Charles Spaniel.
George H.W. Bush had Millie, a Springer Spaniel.
Bill Clinton had Buddy, a chocolate Lab.
George W Bush had Barney and Miss Beazley, a couple of Scotties.
And guess what. The current canine residents of the White House look just like us. That's because they're our cousins. Both Bo and Sunny Obama are Portuguese Water Dogs.
We know that they're loved because they get to play ball with the President .....
And they sit on the First Lady's lap for story time.
Your pal, Fudge