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Behind the music: 10 most unlucky presidential pets

Unlucky Presidential Pets First pooch Bo may be getting star treatment being the first presidential pet in the Obama white house but not all presidential pets see happy endings. Here are the ten most unfortunate first pets and what went wrong.

Fido: Stabbed to Death

Abraham Lincoln (1861 – 1865)

Abraham Lincoln owned at least 2 Dogs called Fido and Jip. Fido, suffered a violent death much like his master. Fido was knifed to death in the street by a drunk who became angry when the Dog jumped on him with muddy paws.


Oh Boy: Died in Weeks

Warren Harding (1865-1923)

White House kennel master Wilson Jackson introduces Laddie Boy to Oh Boy, an English bulldog. Oh Boy was given as a gift to Florence Harding after she moved into the White House. But the dog was in poor health; despite being treated by a local veterinarian for several weeks, Oh Boy later died.

Him: Run Over

Lyndon B Johnson (1963 – 1969)

Him was Johnson’s favorite Dog, the Beagle called Him. He died in 1966, when he was struck by a car while chasing a squirrel on the White House lawn. One photograph of Him resulted in a scandal among protesting animal lovers when President Johnson picked up Him by the ears.

Her: Death by Swallowing Stone

Lyndon B Johnson (1963 – 1969)

The other unfortunate beagle of president Johnson, Her swallowed a stone and died in 1964.

Socks: Given Away / Cancer

Bill Clinton (1993-2001)

Socks was an adopted male cat who was given away when the Clintons left the White House in 2001. The Clintons took Buddy to their new home, but left Socks under the care of Bill Clinton’s secretary, Betty Currie. In December 2008, Socks was reported to be in failing health, apparently suffering from cancer. Socks was euthanized on February 20, 2009, in Hollywood, Maryland,after suffering cancer of the jaw. It was also estimated that Socks would have turned 20 in spring 2009, placing his birthdate in spring of 1989 rather than 1990.

Unnamed Sheepdog: Hung

Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809)

He actually had a Dog hanged once for attacking his sheep. As president, Jefferson was the originator of the dog license after people complained of renegade hounds destroying livestock.

Unnamed Grizzly Bears: Given Away

Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809)

Jefferson also was the recipient of a rather large and generous crate from the explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Inside it were two grizzly bear cubs. President Jefferson took the cubs for walks around the garden. The animal-loving president also built the cubs a cage on the South Lawn where they could be displayed and admired by the public. Later, when the bears grew too big, they were donated to Charles Wilson Peale’s museum in Baltimore.

Buddy: Run Over

Bill Clinton (1993-2001)

Buddy (1997 – January 2, 2002), a male chocolate-colored Labrador Retriever, was one of two pets owned by Bill Clinton. Buddy, however, suffered the same fate as Clinton’s previous dog, a cocker spaniel named Zeke, when he was killed by a car while running loose near the Clinton home in Chappaqua, New York, on January 2, 2002.

Grits: Returned
Jimmy Carter (1977-1981)

Carter did not own a dog when he moved into the White House, but soon after, his daughter Amy was given a mutt from her schoolteacher. Black and white Grits was a wild one from the start leaving little messes all over the White House, but after he tried to bite a veterinarian during a televised event, Amy had to give him back to her teacher.

Pete: Expelled from White House

Teddy Roosevelt (1901-1909)

Roosevelt had more dogs running around the White House grounds then people could keep track of, but there are two who stand apart from the pack. Pete was a mischievous bull terrier who got into a lot of trouble. He snapped at Cabinet officers, nipped the leg of a naval officer and was finally sent to the family home in Sagamore Hill in New York after he ripped the pants of French ambassador Jules Jusserand after chasing him through the white house.


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Posted By: Jerome Aronson

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