Hail To the Chief!
This President’s Day, I thought it would be fun to share some Presidential pet facts:
- John Quincy Adams’ pet of choice was silkworms.
- Theodore Roosevelt ‘s Bull Terrier Pete almost caused an international scandal when he ripped the pants off the French Ambassador, Jules Jusserand.
- Woodrow Wilson’s tobacco-chewing ram Old Ike was one of the last farm animals to live at the White House. Others included Benjamin Harrison’s goat, Old Whiskers, his cow, Sukey, Taft’s cow Paulie Wayne, and Zachary Taylor’s horse, Old Whitey.
- President Warren G. Harding had an Airedale Terrier named Laddie Boy who used to sit in on cabinet meetings.
- The FDR Memorial in Washington DC includes a statue of his beloved Scottish Terrier Fala.
- Abraham Lincoln was the first president to bring a cat to the White House.
- Rutherford B. Hayes was given the first Siamese cat in the U.S. as a gift from the American Consul in Bangkok.