Many presidents welcomed dogs into the White House. Trump says he’s too busy.

President Trump’s critics now have one more thing to criticize him about.

On Monday, the president told a crowd in El Paso, Texas, that while he “wouldn’t mind having” a dog, “I don’t have any time. How would I look walking a dog on the White House lawn?”Related Articles

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He’d probably look just like any of his many White House predecessors who decided that they had the time to have the a dog.

As The Independent reported back in 2017, “Donald Trump could become the first US President for nearly 130 years not to have a canine companion in the White House. Most American Presidents have had a least one dog, and many have had several.” As it turns out, the paper reported, the last commander-in-chief to go dog-less while in office was William McKinley, who happened to die of “gangrene a year into his second term after a failed assassination attempt.”

From the Presidential Pet Museum (yes, that’s a thing), here are our presidents over the past 100 years who had dogs in office:

President Barack Obama, 2009-17
Bo, Portuguese water dog
Sunny, Portuguese water dog

President George W. Bush, 2001-09
Miss Beazley, Scottish terrier
Spot, English springer spaniel, offspring of dad George H.W. Bush’s dog Millie
Barney, Scottish terrier

President Bill Clinton, 1993-2001
Buddy, Labrador retriever

President George H.W. Bush, 1989-93
Millie, English springer spaniel
Ranger, one of Millie’s puppies

President Ronald Reagan, 1981-89
Lucky, Bouvier des Flandres
Rex, Cavalier King Charles spaniel
Victory, golden retriever
Peggy, Irish setter
Taca, Siberian husky
Fuzzy, Belgian sheepdog

President Jimmy Carter, 1977-81
Grits, border collie
Lewis Brown, Afghan hound

President Gerald Ford, 1974-77
Liberty, golden retriever
Misty, one of Liberty’s puppies
Lucky, dog

President Richard Nixon, 1969-74
Checkers, Nixon’s dog while vice president
Vicky, poodle
Pasha, terrier
King Timahoe, Irish setter

President Lyndon B. Johnson, 1963-69
Him and Her, beagles
Edgar and Freckles, beagles
Blanco, collie
Yuki, mixed-breed dog

President John F. Kennedy, 1961-63
Charlie, Welsh terrier
Gaullie, French poodle
Pushinka, mixed-breed dog (gift from Soviet Premier Nikita Khruschev)
Shannon, cocker spaniel
Wolf, Irish wolfhound
Clipper, German shepherd
Butterfly, White Tips, Blackie, Streaker — Pushinka and Charlie’s puppies

President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1953-61
Heidi, Weimaraner

President Harry S. Truman, 1945-53
Feller, cocker spaniel
Mike, first daughter Margaret Truman’s Irish setter

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933-45
Major, German shepherd
Meggie, Scottish terrier
Winks, Llewellyn setter
Tiny, Old English sheepdog
President, Great Dane
Fala, famed Scottish terrier
Blaze, first son

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle

      

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