Happy National Dogs in Politics Day—But Don’t Forget Cats!
“Children and dogs are as necessary to the welfare of the country as Wall Street and the railroads.” ~ Harry S. Truman
You might be wondering why I am dressed in red, white and blue today. Do not worry, I am not running for office. Besides the fact that red is a pretty color, I’m dressed up to celebrate National Dogs in Politics Day! Also known as “Checkers Day” after Richard Nixon’s famous Cocker Spaniel named Checkers, today is a day all about the special dogs that belonged to our Presidents throughout history.
Pets have long played an important role in our Presidential history. Did you know that 90% of our Presidents have owned a pet while in office? You probably already know that the current First Dogs are President Obama’s Portuguese Water Dog named Bo, and Bo’s new sister Sunny. I like Bo and Sunny because they have curly fur, just like me!
There have actually been a variety of different pets living in the White House over the years. Of course, my favorites are the Presidential cats. The Clinton’s cat Socks was my hero! This handsome tuxedo cat began his life as a stray, but was adopted by the Clintons in 1991 and eventually moved from the Governor’s Mansion to the White House.
Regardless of your political beliefs, being the President must be a hard job so I am very happy that First Families throughout history have had the comfort of a furry friend.
If you’d like to learn more interesting facts about Presidential Pets, check out this cool infographic. I hope you have a happy Dogs in Politics Day!