Top 5 Presidential Pets of the United States
Throughout history, there has been more to United States Presidents than what is widely known. Sure there are stories of what they did but some of the stories that aren’t told are of the pets they had around them. What kind of pets did they keep during their presidency? Check out our list of the top 5 Presidential pets of the United Sates of America!
Presidential Pets #5 – Laddie Boy
An Airedale Terrier that was owned by President Warren G Harding and lived between 1920 and 1929. Laddie Boy was the first presidential dog to get regular news coverage as both President Harding and his wife Florence where big animal lovers. They cared for abused or neglected animals and Laddie Boy was used as a poster child in donations to different animal organizations. It was said that Laddie Boy was a faithful dog and was close to his owner. When Harding passed away in August of 1923, it is said that Laddie Bowl howled for 3 days straight. After Harding died, Laddie Boy was left to a Secret Service agent that looked after him until Laddie Boy passed away in 1929.
Presidential Pets #4 – Liberty
A Golden Retriever puppy that was presented to Gerald Ford from his daughter and by photographer David Hume Kennerly in 1974. Ford himself said that she took after the White House surroundings quite well. Ford said if he wanted to end a conversation with someone in the White House, Liberty would walk up to them and start licking their hand as a distraction. Liberty even gave birth to a litter of puppies in the White House in 1975. One of those pups were kept by Ford himself. Liberty lived well after Gerald Ford left the White House and passed away in 1984.
#3 – Bo
Bo is a Portuguese Water dog that belonged to President Barak Obama and his family. Bo was born in 2009. In his first Press Conference just before he became president, Obama asked the reporters about getting a dog despite one of his daughters being allergic. Bo met the Obamas and soon a meeting was held with several members of the White House staff. He stayed with the Obamas during their stay at the White House as is one of the best known Presidential pets.
#2 – Socks
A tuxedo cat that lived from 1990 to 2009 and known as the Clintons cat during their stay in the White House. It is said the Clintons originally adopted the cat in 1991. Socks jumped into the arms of daughter Chelsea Clinton as she was on her way out the door of her piano teacher’s house. Although not much of an issue during Bill Clinton’s presidency, he did not get along with Presidential dog Buddy and Bill Clinton once said that “I did better with … the Palestinians and the Israelis than I’ve done with Socks and Buddy.” When the Clinton’s left the White House, Socks was left in the care of Bill Clinton’s secretary, Betty Currie. Socks developed cancer of the jaw and was euthanized in February of 2009.
#1 – Benjamin Harrison’s Alligators.
Not much is written about them but it is noted that while President of the United States, Benjamin Harrison kept two alligators in the White House conservatory. It was said that the alligators were brought from Florida by Rusell Harrison. They spent most of their time in a tin hot tub and were surrounded by growing oranges. Harrison often brought visitors to the alligators but fortunately, there are not any stories of the alligators biting anyone. Harrison’s alligators top our list of the best Presidential pets.