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First Pets: Dogs, Cats and a Raccoon Among Past Presidential Best Friends
From cats to raccoons, furry friends have kept many Presidents company over the years. Here's a look back at the "First Pets."
President William Howard Taft's pet cow, Pauline, stands the on lawn in front of the State, War and Navy Building in Washington, circa 1909-1913. She provided milk and butter to Taft and his family during his presidency and was a gift from Senator Isaac Stephenson of Wisconsin. Taft was one of the last presidents to keep a cow at the White House.
First Lady Grace Coolidge shows her pet raccoon to children gathered on the White House grounds for Easter egg rolling in 1923. This raccoon had originally been sent to the White House to be eaten at Thanksgiving, however, the Coolidge found it to be too friendly to be eaten and kept it as a pet.
Franklin D. Roosevelt holds his Scottish terrier, Fala, as Ruthie Bie pets the dog in Hyde Park, New York, 1941. Fala was one of the most famous of all presidential pets and is the only presidential pet immortalized in statue, at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.
President Lyndon B. Johnson holds his pet dog, Yuki, out the window of the car driven by LBJ as the first family starts a ride around the Texas ranch in Stonewall, Texas, Sept. 30, 1967. Yuki and Johnson went everywhere together, from cabinet meetings to the swimming pool.
President Richard Nixon shows off Tim, his new six-month-old Irish Setter. The dog was a gift to the president from his staff, and made his formal debut in the White House Rose Garden in Washington, on Jan. 28, 1969. The Nixons has two other dogs Vickie, a poodle, and Pasha, a Yorkshire Terrior.
Socks the cat peers over the podium in the White House briefing room in Washington on Mar. 19, 1994. Socks was the White House cat during the Clinton administration and became very popular with photographers, children, cartoonists, and many others. He was even the subject of a video game which never got released called "Socks the Cat Rocks the Hill."
President Barack Obama runs down a corridor with the family's new dog, Bo, a six-month old Portuguese water dog, in the White House on Apr. 13, 2009. Bo was a gift from Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy and his wife Victoria to the President's daughters, Sasha and Malia.
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