Y is for Yukon and Yuki
Herbert Hoover (1929-1933) and Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-1969).
President Herbert Hoover brought with him a pack of dogs to the WH; one of them was Yukon and his breed was listed as an “Eskimo dog.” An ‘Eskimo dog’ was likely a Malamute but as there aren’t any available photographs it’s hard to know exactly.
President Lyndon B. Johnson may be more well known for his beagles, Him and Her, but the dog he truly seemed to favor was Yuki, a white terrier mix his daughter Luci found abandoned at a gas station in Johnson City, Texas in 1966. The President and Yuki (Japanese for snow) hit it off from the very beginning and the dog went to cabinet meetings, stayed in the oval office and was a frequent overnight guest in President Johnson’s bedroom (as opposed to the kennel where the dogs usually stayed when not with the family). The President and Yuki enjoyed singing and swimming together, as well.
When the Republican nominee Richard Nixon stopped by the WH to discuss Vietnam, Johnson and Yuki walked Nixon out to Marine One. As Nixon prepared to board, Yuki went ahead and boarded. Johnson was heard to say, “Look, you’ve got my helicopter, you’re after my job, and now you want my dog!” Nixon allegedly responded, “I told you I want your job, not your dog!”
When President Johnson left the WH, Yuki went with him on Air Force One to the LBJ Ranch. The little dog was beside him when he died in 1973. After Johnson’s death, Yuki went to live with Luci Johnson Nugent. Johnson’s favorite dog died in 1979 aged 13-14 years.
10 thoughts on “Yukon and Yuki”
Yuki looked like an adorable dog. Nice of LGB to pick up that stray dog.
Aw, Yuki sounds like a sweet dog! I love how attached he and the president were. Love that he was so present in the Oval…
Love your series!
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I love that singing picture!
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So enjoyed reading about Yuki! Definitely a successful rescue story!
Congrats for almost making it through the challenge! Nice job too with your theme.
That is too funny that Yuki almost stopped a bill from being signed. I can’t believe the challenge is almost over-you have done a great job.
Yukon was so handsome! And Yuki was a cutie!
We love Yuki’s story! And that last picture is great…apparently he greatly approved of that bill!
Mes so furry happy that yous been doing this wonderful A-Z challenge! Mes loved every single letter!!! But mes so furry sad that yous up to Y! THat means there is only ONE letter left!
And mes must say, mes loved your post about Prime Rib…mes not had that since wes moved to Vancouver…mes asked Mommy if wes can has it on Sunday…she’s not said NO yet…
Presidents dint have enough cats. THAT’S where they all go wrong…