Buddy the Labrador Retriever (First Dog, 1997-2001)
President Clinton holds his chocolate lab Buddy
Socks the Cat (First Cat, 1993-2001)
Socks is a black and white “tuxedo” American Shorthair cat belonging to Bill Clinton. He often visited schools and hospitals. Later, Socks was “voted out of office” because he didn’t get along with the White House dog, Buddy.
Millie the Springer Spaniel (First Dog, 1989-1993)
George H.W. Bush’s adorable brown and white spaniel is credited as the only White House dog to write a book: Millie’s Book: As Dictated to Barbara Bush. In 1989, Millie had six puppies, two of which also became White House dogs!
Macaroni the Pony (First Pet, 1963)
John F. Kennedy’s family owned many pets, including a horse, which was a present to 5-year-old Caroline Kennedy. Caroline often rode the horse around the White House lawn.
Fala the Scottish Terrier (First Dog, 1940-1945)
Franklin Delano Roosevelt was rarely seen without his expressive black Scottie dog with the scruffy whiskers and bushy eyebrows. Fala followed the President everywhere and even traveled with him to important events.
Bo and Sunny, Portuguese Water Dog (First Dogs, 2009-present)
When President Barack Obama’s daughter Malia needed a pet that wouldn’t aggravate her allergies, enter Bo! A fleecy coat makes the Portuguese Water Dog a hypoallergenic breed. In 2013, First Lady Michelle Obama tweeted that they had added a new member of the family: 1-year-old Sunny, described as energetic and affectionate.
Hugs from Bo and Sunny
These special friends really know how to light up a room
Polly the parrot (First Pet, 1789-1791)
In addition to horses and hound dogs, George Washington owned a parrot. Actually, Polly belonged to Martha Washington, and it’s said that George and the parrot didn’t get along!
An Alligator for John Quincy Adams (First Pet, 1825-1829)
The most unusual presidential pets (an alligator and silkworms) belonged to John Quincy Adams. The Alligator lived in a White House bathroom and left many guests terrified!