First Pet

Presidential Dogs, Cats and Other Critters

Published September 23, 2015

Rosetta Books

First Pet

Presidential Dogs, Cats and Other Critters

Published September 23, 2015

Did you know that Barack Obama promised his daughters a new puppy if he was elected president? And that George and Barbara Bush’s Springer Spaniel, Millie, “wrote” a best-selling book that outsold her masters’ memoirs?

From George Washington’s hounds and horses to President Obama’s pooch Bo, First Pet offers an eclectic view of the daily lives of our Presidents and the pets that were present throughout. Through the lenses of Associated Press photographers and the vast AP photo collection, key moments in Presidential pet history come to life. Highlights include pictures of Checkers, the dog that was the focal point of Nixon’s 1952 “Checkers” speech; the Clintons’ beloved and highly photographed cat, Socks; and pictures of President Obama’s happy Portuguese Water Dog, Bo, dragging the POTUS across the White House lawn.

First Pet is a first family tribute to pet ownership and its special rewards. It showcases with its unique photographs this endearing aspect of the American presidency that is dear to animal lovers and history buffs of all ages.

With an introduction by Claire McLean, Founder and Director of the Presidential Pet Museum, First Pet brings to life the loveable, presidential sidekicks that continue to play a part in our nation’s history.

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