Americans observe Presidents’ Day on the third Monday in February, but after over 240 years and 44 different First Families, we still haven’t found a day to celebrate our presidential pets.
Nearly every president has kept animals in the White House, many of them dogs. According to the Presidential Pet Museum, George Washington had over four dozen in his day, clearing the way for plenty of other furry first companions from then on.
During war and peacetime, economic prosperity and depression, numerous dogs have been kenneled at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and before that the President’s House, in Philadelphia. Different breeds of all ages have passed through those illustrious halls, and likely made their own marks in each one.
Presidents have kept more than just canines at the White House, of course. Many owned horses, Theodore Roosevelt held guinea pigs, birds, badgers, a bear, cats, a hyena, and a one-legged rooster, among other assorted animals. The number of kenneled critters at the our president’s home has dropped since then, but dogs are still the most popular pick for cabinet companions.
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