We’re just guessing here, but it seems that being one of the world’s major leaders could get a tad stressful at times. We’re also thinking that it might be nice to have a non-judgmental, loyal friend to help steady your nerves as you make decisions that regularly affect, oh, millions of people. Fortunately, our nation’s Commanders in Chief have historically been dog lovers.
Wherever you find yourself on the political spectrum, whatever your opinion of the State of the Union, just imagine how much worse off we’d be had our nation’s leaders not had Man’s Best Friend at his side…we’d be living through the horrors of a zombie apocalypse by now!
In honor of America’s 238th July 4th celebration, we thought we’d give a salute to the first family’s dogs. From John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama, we hereby present…the presidential dogs.
John F. Kennedy
The Kennedys were big animal lovers and had ten—count ‘em—ten dogs! A Welsh terrier, dogs named Pushinka, Shannon, Wolf, and Clipper, plus Pushinka and Charlie’s pups named Blackie, Butterfly, Streaker, and White Tips. On top of that, they had a pony named Macaroni, birds, cats, and hamsters to boot. That must’ve been a lot of poop to clean up!
Johnson had two beagles creatively named “Him” and “Her”.
Meet Nixon’s French poodle, Vicky, a Yorkshire terrier named Pasha and an Irish setter named King Timahoe. Crook or not, Richard, we’re sure those dogs loved you all the same.
How fitting for this July 4th. Here’s Liberty, Gerry’s Golden retriever.
Rex, Ronnie and Nancy’s King Charles Spaniel comes to greet them after a nice, leisurely copter ride over bad guy territory.
George H.W. Bush
George H.W.’s springer spaniel, Millie and her offspring, chilling on the White House lawn.
This is Buddy, Bill’s Chocolate Labrador Retriever.
George W. Bush
Dubya Junior toting a wise looking Scottie. Who wouldn’t be happy with a terrier under their arm?
Watch out, Mr. President – looks like you’ve got nothing on Bo the Portuguese Water Dog’s football skills.