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11 Presidential Pets, from Dogs to Cats to … Hippos?


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  • Feller Truman

    How could you give up a puppy this adorable? Apparently really easily, as President Truman gave the gifted puppy away. It was understandably a cause of national uproar.

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  • Millie Bush

    Mildred “Millie” Kerr Bush was an English Springer Spaniel. She was a pretty famous fixture during George H.W. Bush’s tenure in the White House, and is even credited as the author of a book – Millie’s Book: As Dictated to Barbara Bush. Unsurprisingly, the work of “nonfiction” went on to become a New York Times bestseller.

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  • Herbert Hoover’s dog – and gators

    Yes, gators. Hoover’s son, Allan, owned a pair of alligators. Although they were mostly kept under surveillance, the two were known to appear roaming around the White House grounds. Hoover’s beloved Belgian shepherd, King Tut, probably wasn’t too into his scaly companions.

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  • Bo and Sunny Obama

    The country waited with bated breath as the Obamas picked out their politically savvy First Dog Bo in 2009. They finally agreed on the Portuguese water dog, who had to be hypoallergenic (Malia has allergies). They loved him so much that the family brought another Portuguese water dog, Sunny, into the home in 2013.

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Yes, hippos.

The President and the first family are part of many crucial American traditions. They pardon a turkey every year for Thanksgiving, they light the national Christmas tree, and host a massive Easter egg hunt without fail. (And, of course, there’s the whole upholding-democracy thing.) But perhaps the most interesting tradition that proves they’re just like the rest of us normies is the acquisition of a White House pet. This longstanding custom goes all the way back to George Washington, who kept dogs and even a parrot inside the White House during his tenure. By now, it’s safe to say 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has been home to a lot of animals. Although the pets have ranged from pygmy hippopotamuses to spotted cats, we’re sure each animal has been privy to some classified information – man, if those cats could talk. Without further ado, here are a few presidential pets that we’d reelect into office any day.

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