In light of the election being less than a month away, I thought it prudent to look at the history of some of the most beloved inhabitants of the White House – the Presidential Dogs. While living the life of luxury in DC has its perks (lots of space to run around in and dog treats that are checked by the Secret Service), there is a certain dignity and air of sophistication that a Presidential Pooch must project. Here’s a look back at the First Dogs since our country began.
As our first President, George Washington was also the first to have a First Pet. While his dogs didn’t get to live in the White House, one can assume they had plenty of time to run around. George Washington had seven dogs – three Staghounds (Sweet Lips, Scentwell, and Vulcan), and four Black and Tan Coonhounds (Taster, Tipler, Tipsy, and Drunkard). It’s safe to assume that his Coonhounds liked to get into the Presidential liquor.
Continuing the tradition of the First Dog, John Adams only had two dogs while President, though they were the first to stay in the White House. While the breeds have been lost to time, we’re sure that he loved his two dogs (Juno and Satan) despite their naming.
We know that Thomas Jefferson had two Briards, and while one’s name has been lost to time, the other, Buzzy, probably got to enjoy his time at Monticello.
Picking up where Thomas Jefferson left off, James Monroe read more…