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Top 10 Presidential Pups

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Top 10 Presidential Pups

By Animal Planet

Former President Calvin Coolidge once said, “Any man who does not like dogs and want them about does not deserve to be in the White House,” and nearly every fellow commander in chief before and after him has taken such advice to heart. In fact, more dogs have taken up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue than presidents, first ladies and presidential children combined, with rough estimates reaching 250 pooches or nearly 1,000, including family pets outside of elected terms as well. Take a look at the top 10 most famous first Fidos!

10. Skip Roosevelt

President Theodore Roosevelt had several dogs during his lifetime, including a bull terrier named Pete who notoriously chased the French ambassador through the White House and tore out the bottom of his trousers. However, it was Roosevelt’s mongrel Skip that not only earned a special place in his heart, but on the 26th president’s horse as well. Roosevelt would scoop up Skip and place the short-of-stature pooch on his saddle during hunting trips. Eventually, the pup learned how to jump up onto horses on his own, and was even spotted riding alone on the back of Roosevelt’s son’s pony!

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6:00AM PST on Nov 29, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

3:12PM PDT on Sep 7, 2012

Thanks for the post.

8:21AM PDT on Sep 7, 2012


8:02AM PDT on Sep 7, 2012

We all need someone who will love us unconditionally no matter what bone-head move we've made that day.

3:27AM PDT on Sep 7, 2012


9:03PM PDT on Sep 6, 2012

Michele V - Probably a security risk to have the girls walking Bo. (I would have loved to have seen Bo joining the family on the stage tonight! Guess that would have been waaay to much excitement for him and the audience!)

8:57PM PDT on Sep 6, 2012

I was familiar with most of these Presidential dog stories. The Liberty Ford story was new to me. The thought of the POTUS being locked out of the WH (with his dog) was really hard to imagine but funny!

6:28PM PDT on Sep 6, 2012

Thanks for the share!

5:57PM PDT on Sep 6, 2012

Why don't we hear anything about Bo anymore or where he lives, and whether the girls walk him or is he just being forgotten?

5:02PM PDT on Sep 6, 2012

Dogs add humanity to people!

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