10 Presidential Pets, Including New Obama Puppy, Sunny

By Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac is an editor and reporter who has worked on a variety of topics over the course of her ten years with The Epoch Times, including science, the environment, and local New York news. She is currently working with The Epoch Times edition based in Southern California.
August 20, 2013 Updated: February 9, 2016

President Barack Obama and his family got a new addition to the family on August 19—a Portuguese Water Dog by the name of Sunny. According to Man’s Best Friend, a website dedicated to dogs owned by American presidents, 25 American presidents have owned dogs. Here’s a look at some presidential pets past and present. 

 

President Barack Obama arrives with his dog Bo, a Portuguese Water Dog, to read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom during activities at the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 1, 2013. Bo was a present from Ted Kennedy. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
President Barack Obama arrives with his dog Bo, a Portuguese Water Dog, to read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom during activities at the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 1, 2013. Bo was a present from Ted Kennedy. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President George W. Bush's dog 'Miss Beazley,' a Scottish Terrier, eyes the press corps from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 29, 2007, as they wait for president's arrival. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
President George W. Bush’s dog ‘Miss Beazley,’ a Scottish Terrier, eyes the press corps from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 29, 2007, as they wait for president’s arrival. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

With his dog Spot, an English Springer Spaniel, looking on, President Bush, standing with Afghan war commander Army Gen. Tommy Franks, answers questions during a news conference at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, Friday, Dec. 28, 2001. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
With his dog Spot, an English Springer Spaniel, looking on, President Bush, standing with Afghan war commander Army Gen. Tommy Franks, answers questions during a news conference at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, Friday, Dec. 28, 2001. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Bush picks-up his dog Barney, a Scottish Terrier, before walking into the main residence of the White House following his arrival, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008 in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Bush picks-up his dog Barney, a Scottish Terrier, before walking into the main residence of the White House following his arrival, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008 in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The White House's first feline, Socks, paws and claws around in the arms of first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton during an East Room event introducing her new book featuring Socks and Buddy, the president's Labrador retriever, Wednesday night, Feb. 3. 1999, at the White House. The book includes children's letters to the first pets and a short history of animals that have roamed the White House in the past. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
The White House’s first feline, Socks, paws and claws around in the arms of first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton during an East Room event introducing her new book featuring Socks and Buddy, the president’s Labrador retriever, Wednesday night, Feb. 3. 1999, at the White House. The book includes children’s letters to the first pets and a short history of animals that have roamed the White House in the past. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

President Bill Clinton walks with his dog Buddy, a Chocolate Labrador Retriever, Jan. 2, 2001. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
President Bill Clinton walks with his dog Buddy, a Chocolate Labrador Retriever, Jan. 2, 2001. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan wave after they arrived back on Sunday, Jan. 13, 1985 at the White House in Washington with their dog Lucky, a Bouvier des Flandres. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan wave after they arrived back on Sunday, Jan. 13, 1985 at the White House in Washington with their dog Lucky, a Bouvier des Flandres. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

President Gerald Ford and First Lady Betty Ford pose with family members and their dog, a Golden Retriever named Liberty, at the White House in 1975. (AP Photo)
President Gerald Ford and First Lady Betty Ford pose with family members and their dog, a Golden Retriever named Liberty, at the White House in 1975. (AP Photo)

President Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter play with their dog "Grits" on the south lawn of the White House in Washington D.C. after returning from church on Sunday, August 6,1978.  (AP Photo)
President Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter play with their dog “Grits” on the south lawn of the White House in Washington D.C. after returning from church on Sunday, August 6,1978. (AP Photo)

 

 

Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac is an editor and reporter who has worked on a variety of topics over the course of her ten years with The Epoch Times, including science, the environment, and local New York news. She is currently working with The Epoch Times edition based in Southern California.