President Chases Goat

I can only imagine the strain being president can put on a family. This may be the reason many first families found fun and happiness with pets. In honor of President’s Day, I decided to take a look at these animals.

Currently, one of the most popular presidential pets is Bo, owned by Barrack Obama and family. This former first dog was taken in after Obama won the 2008 election. He was joined by Sunny in 2013.

Portuguese Water Dogs: Bo and Sunny Obama

The Obamas were in no way the first presidential family to own a dog. George H.W. and Barbara Bush had Millie, and the Reagans had Lucky. There were many, many other first dogs in history as well.

English Springer Spaniel Millie Bush with President George H.W. Bush and pups
Bouvier des Flandres sheep dog, Lucky Reagan

But dogs aren’t the only pets of choice. There have been first felines as well. For example Chelsea Clinton had Socks and Amy Carter had Misty Malarky Ying Yang.



White house pet privileges are not just given to these standard pets. George Washington and John Adams housed parrots , Woodrow Wilson kept sheep, and President Lincoln was one of a handful that kept horses.

Goats were kept by both William Henry Harrison and Benjamin Harrison. The latter of which’s got out of the white house gate while giving Harrison’s grandchildren a ride in a cart. Harrison reportedly burst out of the gates after them with a top hat, waving a cane.

Theodore Roosevelt also pretty much had a zoo, and John Quincy Adams had an alligator.Animals are known stress-reducers, so its possible these creatures had the important job of keeping the leaders of a superpower country sane.

Way to go, president pets!


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