Happy President’s Day from America’s Family Pet Expo! As we celebrate our nation’s history and the Presidents who have led us, we thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the pets that have lived in the White House. So here are some fun facts about past presidential pets!
George Washington named his dogs, Drunkard, Taster, Tipsy, Tipler and Sweetlips.
Thomas Jefferson was the first president to require dogs be licensed.
Woodrow Wilson brought a flock of sheep to the White House during World War I to trim the grounds in order to cut down on grounds keeping costs.
Calvin Coolidge has a large variety of animals at the White House including dogs, cats, birds, horses, a bear cub, two lion cubs, a wallaby, an antelope, a donkey, a pygmy hippopotamus, a bobcat, and a raccoon named Rebecca. Rebecca was sent to the White House as a contribution to Thanksgiving dinner, but Mrs. Coolidge decided to keep her as a pet.
Franklin D. Roosevelt had a dog Murray the Outlaw of Falahill. The dog, nicknamed Fala, was so popular that he received thousands of fan letters and even had a secretary appointed to him to answer his mail.
George Herbert Walker Bush’s dog Millie is the only First Pet to have a book written from its perspective: Millie’s Book.
Warren G. Harding was so fond of his dog Laddie Boy that he had 1,000 bronze miniatures made in the dog’s image shortly after taking office and sent them to his political supporters in Washington, D.C. and Ohio.
For more fun presidential pet facts, visit PresidentialPetMuseum.com!