Happy National Dog Day!

Today’s blog post comes to us from Brooke Engerman, summer intern at the Office of Public and Media Communications.

August 26 is National Dog Day! To celebrate, we’re sharing some of our favorite pictures of Presidential pooches from the holdings of our Presidential Libraries.

Meet Buddy, President Clinton’s chocolate lab. This is Buddy’s official presidential portrait. Talk about presidential poise!


President Lyndon B. Johnson’s little dog Yuki loved spending time with his human–even singing with him


When Herbert Hoover was in office, Harry Waters was the master of the White House dogs, which included President’s four pets: “Pat,” a German police dog; “Marks,” an English setter; “Patrick,” a wire haired Irish wolfhound; and “Inglehurst Gillette,” a Gordon setter.


These Scottish terriers might have the best Presidential pet wardrobes! Miss Beazley and Barney celebrated Halloween with their friend India the cat at President George W. Bush’s White House.


And who could forget that time that President Roosevelt’s dog Fala photographed the photographers? 


Rex Reagan, Cavalier King Charles spaniel, greeted First Lady Nancy Reagan at the diplomatic entrance to the White House.


Being a Presidential pet is hard work–especially if you are a working mother. President Ford’s golden retriever Liberty takes a quick break to enjoy some attention from the President after the birth of her puppies.

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President George H. W. Bush’s dog Millie also had puppies while living in the White  House.



Dutifully attending to their Presidential guard dog duties, President Nixon’s Irish setter King Timahoe, poodle Vicki, and terrier Posha keep watch out of a White House window. They may not be the most intimidating faces, but they’re certainly some of the cutest!


Charlie and Pushinka enjoyed playing on the South Lawn of the Kennedy White House!


Amy Carter, daughter of President Carter, took her dog for walks on the South Lawn of the White House.


President Eisenhower had a Weimaraner named Heidi, who also loved playing on the South Lawn, “chasing squirrels and investigating what might be under bushes,” according to a letter that Ike wrote to Arthur Summerfield.

Photograph 72-3010-2 from the National Park Service




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