Presidential dogs

Not the President's dog but a PWD named Tux that I shot for my book and this cover. 

It's Presidents' day so I thought I do a blog to celebrate the Presidential canines.  Remember when Obama was choosing a dog for his family?  Everyone wanted him to choose their breed; but he finally settled on the Portuguese Water Dog.  We'll be seeing a lot more of them now; sadly a little bit of hype can do great damage to a particular breed or mix.  I remember when PWDs were very rare indeed, now you see them everywhere.

Obama chose the PWD, the younger of the two Bush's; George W. had Scottish terriers and a Springer.  The older Bush made the Springer Spaniel a household name with his dog Millie who had puppies there at the White house.  Gerald Ford's Golden Retriever Liberty also had a litter of puppies at the White house.  Many dogs have come and gone in the White house.  Some left a lasting impression; others passed through without notice really.  It all depends on the press put on the dogs themselves; which is typically due to the interest put on the dog by the owner.

Here are some articles that discuss the dogs of the White house.

White house pets

Time Photos - Presidents and their dogs

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