POWER OF DOG
is sorrow enough in the natural way
From men and women to fill our day;
And when we are certain of sorrow in store,
Why do we always arrange for more?
Brothers and Sisters, I bid you beware
Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
Buy a pup and your money will buy
Love unflinching that cannot lie--
Perfect passion and worship fed
By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head.
Nevertheless it is hardly fair
To risk your heart for a dog to tear.
When the fourteen years which Nature permits
Are closing in asthma, or tumour, or fits,
And the vet's unspoken prescription runs
To lethal chambers or loaded guns,
Then you will find--it's your own affair--
But...you've given your heart for a dog to tear.
When the body that lived at your single will,
With its whimper of welcome, is stilled (how still!);
When the spirit that answered your every mood
Is gone--wherever it goes--for good,
You will discover how much you care,
And will give your heart for the dog to tear.
We've sorrow enough in the natural way,
When it comes to burying Christian clay.
Our loves are not given, but only lent,
At compound interest of cent per cent.
Though it is not always the case, I believe,
That the longer we've kept 'em, the more do we grieve:
For, when debts are payable, right or wrong,
A short-time loan is as bad as a long--
So why in Heaven (before we are there)
Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?
- 1797 George Washington
The first US President
Washington owned 10 Hounds called Mopsey,
Taster, Cloe, Tipler, Forester, Captain, Lady Rover, Vulcan, Sweetlips
president was not only the father of his country but the father of
Foxhound. He carefully bred and maintained his Dogs,
listing more than 30 hounds in his journals, including hounds named
Drunkard, Tipler and Tipsy.
1801 - 1809
owned a Sheep
Dog and is the President who instituted the first dog
license. He actually had a Dog hanged once for attacking his sheep.
- 1825 James Monroe
owned a Spaniel.
- 1865 Abraham Lincoln
at least 2 Dogs called Fido
Fido, suffered a violent death much like his master. Fido was knifed
to death in the street by a drunk who became angry when the Dog jumped
on him with muddy paws.
- 1877 Ulysses S Grant
S. Grant brought
Dog named Faithful
to the White House. Faithful
belonged to Jesse Grant, the son of President Grant.
- 1881 Rutherford Hayes
owned an English
Mastiff called Duke,
Shepherd Dogs named Hector
and a Greyhound
- 1889 Grover Cleveland
Cleveland was believed to have owned a Poodle.
- 1893 Benjamin Harrison
owned a Dog called Dash.
- 1909 Theodore Roosevelt
owned a Pitbull
Terrier (Pete), a Chesapeake
Retriever (Sailor Boy), a Terrier
(Jack), a Mix
(Skip) and a Spaniel
Teddy Roosevelt’s Bull
Terrier, Pete, almost caused an international scandal
when he ripped off the French ambassador’s pants during a White
Gen. George Custer
took his Chesapeake
battle with him. Legend holds that President Teddy Roosevelt’s
Sailor Boy, right, was descended from Custer’s
- 1921 - Woodrow Wilson
did not own a Dog while he was President. He was the first to shake
hands with a Dog which was a war hero. Woodrow
Wilson. The dog was Stubby,
a Bull Terrier,
who captured a German spy in World War I.
Woodrow Wilson made the following quote, "If
a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you
should go home and examine your conscience."
- 1923 Warren Harding
Harding owned an Airedale
Boy and a Bulldog
Boy who had his own chair to sit on at cabinet meetings.
- 1929 Calvin Coolidge
Coolidge owned at least 12 Dogs:
Terrier (Peter Pan)
Airedale (Laddie Buck/Paul Pry)
2 White Collies (Oshkosh/Rob Roy and Prudence Primm)
Shetland Sheepdog (Calamity Jane)
2 Chows (Tiny Tim and Blackberry)
Brown Collie (Ruby Rough)
Yellow Collie (Bessie)
Bulldog (Boston Beans)
Police Dog (King Kole)
Bird Dog (Palo Alto),
- 1933 Herbert Hoover
Hoover owned at least 9 Dogs
Dogs (King Tut and Pat)
2 Fox Terriers (Big Ben and Sonnie)
Scotch Collie (Glen)
Eskimo Dog (Yukon)
Setter (Eaglehurst Gillette)
- 1945 Franklin D Roosevelt
D. Roosevelt owned at least 7 Dogs:
2 Scotch Terriers (Meggie and Fala)
Llewellyn Setter (Winks)
English Sheepdog (Tiny)
Great Dane (President)
Fala was given to the President by his cousin, Margaret
the star of an MGM Hollywood movie about the typical day of a Dog in
the White House. Fala
also became an honorary army private. He received this honor by contributing
one dollar to the war effort setting a trend for the rest of the US.
is depicted in the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. Meggie,
the other Terrier,
was infamous as she once bit a senator! Manchu
was owned by Alice Roosevelt and was a small black Pekingese
which she received as a gift from the last Empress of China.
- 1953 Harry S. Truman
S. Truman owned a Mix
Feller and an Irish
Setter named Mike.
- 1961 Dwight D. Eisenhower
D. Eisenhower owned a Weimaraner
- 1963 John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy owned the following Dogs:
Russian Mongrel - Pushinka
German Shepherd - Clipper
Irish Cocker Spaniel - Shannon
Irish Wolfhound - Wolf
Terrier - White Tips, Blackie and Streaker
Kennedy was the first president to request that his
Dogs meet the presidential helicopter when the president arrived at
the White House.
Soviet Premier Kruschev
gave him a Dog named Pushinka
who was the offspring of the Russian space Dog Strelka.
Pushinka had 4 puppies of her own puppies who JFK called “pupniks”.
Pushinka often made the President laugh by climbing up the ladder to
Caroline's tree house.
Prime Minister of Ireland gave JFK the Irish
Cocker Spaniel, Shannon.
- 1969 Lyndon B Johnson
B. Johnson owned 7 Dogs:
Mix - Yuki
5 Beagles - Beagle, Little Beagle, Him and Her and J. Edgar
White Collie - Blanco
As president he received
as a gift the white Collie,
Blanco. He always shook hands with the Dog whenever
he left or returned to the White House.
His favorite Dog, the Beagle
was run over and killed on the White House grounds. Edgar Hoover gave
him a Dog to replace Him
which he named J.
Edgar. His Mongrel
was famous for disgracing everyone present in the oval office including
the Shah of Iran. His next escapade occurred when he bit a White House
police officer in the groin. Despite these indiscretions Yuki
was honoured by his picture appearing on the front page of the Wall
- 1974 Richard Nixon
Nixon owned 4 Dogs
Spaniel - Checkers
Irish Setter - King Timahoe
Terrier - Pasha
Poodle - Vicky
When he entered the
White House a member of his staff gave him the Irish
Setter, King Timahoe, which he named for the little
village in Ireland where his mother’s ancestors came from.
- 1977 Gerald Ford
owned a Golden
Retriever called Liberty
who gave birth to nine puppies at the White House.
- 1981 Jimmy Carter
gave a Dog as a gift to his daughter Amy. The Dog was a Mix
who was called Grits.
- 1989 Ronald Reagan
owned two Dogs, a Cavalier
King Charles Spaniel called Rex
and a Bouvier
des Flandres called Lucky.
The President was photographed being dragged across the White House
lawn by Lucky
in the presence of Margaret Thatcher. An undignified image for the President
of the USA. Lucky
was sent to live in California leaving just Rex,
the little Cavalier
King Charles Spaniel at the White House.
- 1993 George H. W. Bush
H. W. Bush owned a Springer
Spaniel called Millie
and her puppy named Ranger.
"Millie", the Springer
Spaniel, has been the subject of a book which has sold
more copies than the autobiography of George Bush himself.
- 2001 President Bill Clinton
Clinton owned a chocolate Labrador
The TV cameras caught him relieving himself on the carpet! Buddy
was barely in the White House a month before Newsweek proclaimed, “At
last, a friend who can’t testify against him.”
- 2008 President George W. Bush
President George W Bush's
Dogs include a Scottish
Terrier named Barney
and an English
Springer Spaniel named Spot.
Spot was named after Scott Fletcher, a former Texas
Rangers baseball player. President Bush's Dog Spot
is the only Dog to live in the White House during two administrations.
was born to Millie,
George H.W. Bush's Dog, when George H.W. Bush was President. Spot was
given to his son George W. Bush who returned the Terrier to the White
House for his term of office.
Beasley, Barney's companion
Scottie, is Laura Bush's Dog.
Barney & Miss Beasley
- President Barack Hussein Obama
Portuguese Water Dog
have two criteria that have to be reconciled. One is that Malia is
allergic, so it has to be hypoallergenic. There are a number of breeds
that are hypoallergenic. On the other hand, our preference would be
to get a shelter Dog, but, obviously, a
lot of shelter Dogs are Mutts like me. So —
so whether we’re going to be able to balance those two things,
I think, is a pressing issue on the Obama household.”
Malia & Sasha Obama
Learned From Presidential Dogs
the White House, they play howl to the chief. They are presidential
dogs -- the most common presidential pets.
Throughout history, U.S. presidents have had faithful companions living
with them at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. White House dogs have comforted
their owners in times of great national stress, entertained the American
public with their antics and done all of the things a normal dog will
do -- often in the media spotlight.
“Every president that has a pet seems to be better-liked by
the public,” says Claire McLean, founder of the Presidential
Pet Museum, which contains a collection of photographs and memorabilia
located at Presidents Park in Williamsburg, Va. “The dog-loving
public seems to feel that they are much more real and down-to-earth
if they have the same type of behavior as the average family.”
That includes having to take the dog for a walk.
While most presidential dogs have been deemed a political asset, others
have left a legacy of misbehavior. Pet owners nationwide may take
comfort in knowing that even first families sometimes have pets with
behavior problems, or unknowingly pick the wrong breed for their lifestyle.
Some presidential dogs have even been put out to pasture, by being
returned to their previous owners or sent to spend the waning days
of the administration on the presidential ranch.
Here are some stories about presidential pet
misdeeds and what experts advise if you encounter similar behavior:
Grits: The Dog That Snapped at People
When Jimmy Carter moved his family from
Georgia to Washington, D.C., after his election in 1976, his young
daughter Amy was given a mixed breed dog by her former teacher. Amy
named the dog Grits, after her father’s campaign slogan, referring
to himself and Vice President Walter “Fritz” Mondale as
“Grits and Fritz.” “It was a very belligerent dog,”
McLean says. “It snapped at people and wasn’t very friendly.”
Grits followed a long line of biting dogs in the White House, which
included one of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s terriers, Meggie, who
once bit a senator. Pete, a bull terrier belonging to the other Roosevelt
who occupied the White House -- Teddy -- nearly caused an international
incident when he ripped off the French ambassador’s slacks during
a function. Grits ended up in the doghouse, too, figuratively speaking,
and was returned. The Carters then adopted a cat.
What You Can Do: Aggressive behavior,
such as snapping, biting or snarling, is hard for dog owners to tolerate.
There are many reasons why canines exhibit such aggressive behavior
-- in response to fear, to protect territory or as a result of a change
in the dog’s social status. The Humane Society of the U.S. advises
that pet owners get help from an animal behavior specialist to deal
with aggression. Socialization is also key. “The best thing
to do is start early. A lot of these dogs are received as puppies,”
says Trish McMillan, director of animal behavior. “You only
have the first four months of a puppy’s life, for the window
of socialization, to introduce them to new things. I’m betting
that some of these presidents’ dogs were not socialized enough
Lucky: The Dog That Pulled After Ronald
Reagan’s first term as president, a March of Dimes poster
girl gave his wife, Nancy, a small puppy. The first lady named the
dog -- which was a Bouvier des Flanders, or Belgian Cattle dog --
Lucky. “She was just a little bundle of fur when I got her,”
Mrs. Reagan wrote in her autobiography, “but she grew to be
the size of a pony.” Lucky developed poor leash walking habits.
The dog “used to pull them both around the White House,”
McLean says. The final straw came after a White House visit by British
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, when President Reagan was photographed
being pulled across the White House lawn -- an undignified image for
the leader of the free world. Lucky was sent to live on the Reagan
ranch in California, leaving Rex, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel,
as the only pup in the White House.
What You Can Do: Pulling on the leash
may be indicative of other problems, such as a dog that is not getting
enough exercise. That is especially true of dogs that are bred for
herding, farm work, or other activities. The Reagans may have erred
in thinking that Lucky could adapt to the more sedate lifestyle in
the White House, but clearly found a better environment for the dog
on a ranch later in life. If you don’t have a spare ranch, experts
advise two options. First, you can train the dog. “The easiest
way is to feed the dog meals on the walk,” McMillan says. “Have
a bag of kibble in your pocket. Every time they pull on the leash,
turn to your left when they’re on your right. But every time
they walk nicely, keep the kibble coming.” Another option is
to try one of a variety of new training devices, such as harnesses
or halter apparatuses that will prevent the dog from pulling.
Buddy: The Dog That Chased Cats After
the start of his second term as president, Bill
Clinton decided to get a puppy. Buddy, a chocolate Labrador
retriever, moved into the White House to join the Clintons’
other pet, a cat named Socks. But Buddy and Socks didn’t see
eye to eye. “They never got along,” McLean says. “A
lot of times you’d see them sparing on the lawn or running through
the White House. The media loved to write about that.” The two
pets were eventually kept in separate rooms in the presidential residence,
and after the Clintons moved to Chappaqua, N.Y., Buddy went with them,
but Socks moved in with Clinton’s secretary, Betty Currie.
What You Can Do: The key to getting two
or more pets to make nice under the same roof -- even if that roof
is that of the White House -- is socialization. McMillan says that
critical socialization period is when pups should be introduced not
only to people, but to cats, dogs and other animals as well. If you’re
introducing more mature pets, “The most important thing is to
do a slow introduction,” says McMillan. “Have your dog
on a leash, then bring the cat into the room.” Associate good
things with the cat, such as treats. If the dog starts to chase, give
it a “time out,” restraining it on the leash in a room
One thing that presidents have learned over the years is that a canine
companion can help soften their image. President Herbert
Hoover, who presided over the federal government during the
Great Depression, had a German shepherd that was noted to be sullen
and was often sulking around the White House. McLean says, “When
they took a picture of Hoover with the dog, it made Hoover seem like
a nice guy, when he actually had a cold demeanor.”