E is for English Bulldog and English Springer Spaniel
Warren G. Harding (1921-1923), George H. W. Bush (1989-1993) and George W. Bush (2001-2009).
President Warren G. Harding’s English bulldog was named Old Boy, had a white coat and reportedly a celebrated lineage.
English Springer Spaniel
President George H. W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush loved their Millie; she is well known to everyone familiar with the early Bush years. Her book Millie’s Book: As Dictated to Barbara Bush hit the best seller list in 1992 and she was the mother of two other WH pets Ranger and Spot. Millie died in 1997 at the age of 12.
Ranger (named for the Texas Rangers) was originally a gift to one of his grandsons but after the puppy started to grow, Bush decided he wanted the puppy back. The two became practically inseparable. He was such a lovable pup that the White House staff loved him back – with lots of treats – and Ranger quickly became fat. Bush sent out a memo requesting that all treat-giving to Ranger be stopped. Ranger was only 4 when he died. He was diagnosed with cancer in 1994 and the difficult decision of being euthanized was made.
President George W. Bush brought Spot, another of Millie’s puppies back to the WH. He wasn’t as famous as their Scottish terriers (under letter “T”). Spot Fetcher was named for Texas Rangers’ shortstop, Scott Fletcher. He often accompanied Bush into the Oval Office and other important meetings because he was well behaved and dignified. As he aged he started having strokes and was euthanized in 2004 at the age of 14.
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