It's President's Day, and while we honor this highly respected seat - we also feel it necessary to take a look at some of the office's First Pups. Here are a few of our favorites:
1). Rob Roy (Calvin Coolidge)
The presidency at this time meant lots of pups, cats, and even a raccoon in the White House. However, Coolidge's favorite was the white collie, Rob Roy. Named after the famous cocktail, Rob Roy's name was an interesting one given that Coolidge's presidency took place during the prohibition era.
2). Yuki (Lyndon B. Johnson)
Rescue pups come in many forms. For Lydon B. Johnson, it came in the form of a homeless terrier mix outside a gas station in Texas on Thanksgiving Day (1966). These two were inseparable - Yuki would often come to family functions, cabinet meetings and even bill signings.
3). Pushinka (John F. Kennedy)
While JFK had numerous pups at the time, only one had a cosmic pedigree - Pushinka. During the height of the Cold War, Soviet leader, Khrushchev gifted this mutt to JFK. The little pup was the offspring of one of two dogs to take part in the successful Sputnik 5 mission and was a living symbol of the space race.
4). Fala (Franklin D. Roosevelt)
The small pup accompanied the President everywhere, even on official state trips. During the 1944 campaign, Republicans claimed that FDR forgot Fala on the Aleutian islands and sent a Navy destroyer, at great taxpayer expense, to retrieve him. While that story may not be true, it’s a fact that Fala was such a fixture of FDR’s presidency, he is the only presidential pup to be memorialized in sculpture.
There you have it, our four favorite stories about Presidential pups. To all first pups, past, present, and yet to come -- we salute you!
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