Dogs in politics!

Not since Richard Nixon announced he had received his dog Checkers as an illegal contribution gift from a traveling salesman named Lou Carrol, has a dog in politics been as prominent as the next Obama dog is becoming today!

Two highly influential organizations are voicing their opinions and soliciting the dog world for theirs!

In one corner we have the American Kennel Club (AKC) who if Senator Barack Obama becomes President wants the family to get a purebred dog, and in the other corner is Best Friends Network petitioning the Obamas to get a rescue dog, purebred or mixed breed!

We agree with Best Friends that the decision Senator Obama and his family will soon be making is a decision that will affect millions of American dogs. It has been widely reported that interest in breeds selected, or who are currently ‘best friends’ of Presidents, grow in pupularity during a President’s term.

If the Obama’s do decide to adopt a homeless pup, it could mean a great deal to all homeless pets in America, and potentially the World!

So, what’s your opinion?

John McCain’s 22 pets – Sam the English springer spaniel, Coco the mutt, turtles Cuff and Link, Oreo the black and white cat, a ferret, three parakeets and 13 saltwater fish.

Barack Obama – the new dog he promised his daughters.

Dogs play an important part in history!

Throughout history dogs have played a very important role in the lives of our Presidents and in history. In Annapolis, Maryland is the Presidential Pet Museum, entirely dedicated to showcasing the lives and history of pets in the White House. It’s a fun and educational site with interesting stories about how these Presidential pets played a role in the history of the US.And much has written about the role that dogs (and other pets) play in the lives of our Nation’s leaders. Recently ABCNews published an article speculating on what pets would be taking over the Oval Office in 2009.The Time Tube blog recently asked, “How well do these five Presidential figures relate to their pet dogs?” Jake Tapper, a senior political correspondent for ABC News wrote not too long ago in the LATimes, “pets say something about our leaders — just ask those on both sides of the debate over Mitt Romney’s Irish setter.”

Recently, a woman who faced up to 90 days in jail for registering her dog to vote has agreed to a deal that could remove the charge from her record. Balogh registered her Australian shepherd-terrier mix, Duncan M. McDonald, to vote in April 2006. Read more!

To keep up on information about voting for dogs rights and the laws that govern our pups, here is an interesting blog providing a wealth of information. Dog Politics provides news, commentary and opinion on anti-dog law and policy. Download their guide to see if your candidate is dog friendly!

Photo courtesy of the Presidential Pet Museum.

These dog digs Obama!

Obama Dog Sings Obama Dog Song

Obama dog sings the Obama Dog song in support of Obama!

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Fun quotes about dogs and politics!

  • Clinton’s pet Labrador, Buddy, is getting neutered. The dog will never have sex again. Overnight, they’ve turned Buddy from a Democrat into a Republican. – Jay Leno
  • I love a dog. He does nothing for political reasons. – Will Rogers
  • My advice to any diplomat who wants to have good press is to have two or three kids and a dog. – Carl Rowan
  • My dog can bark like a Congressman, fetch like an aide, beg like a press secretary, and play dead like a receptionist when the phone rings. – Gerold Solomon, US Congressman
  • Children and dogs are as necessary to the welfare of the country as Wall Street and the railroads. – Harry S. Truman
  • Diplomacy is the art of saying “Nice doggie!”… till you can find a rock. – Unknown
  • The country at large takes a natural interest in the President’s dogs and judges him by the taste and discrimination he show in his selection…. Any man who does not like dogs and want them about does not deserve to be in the White House. – AKC Gazette, 1924

Dogs and politics fun stuff!

If you want to test your knowledge about dogs in politics, here’s an interesting site!To keep up on information about voting for dogs rights and the laws that govern our pups, here is an interesting blogDownload their guide to see if your candidate is dog friendly! providing a wealth of information. Dog Politics provides news, commentary and opinion on anti-dog law and policy.

And show your support with custom apparel, stickers, buttons and stamps!

And what if our pets could vote? Who would they elect President in 2008? Would they vote Democrat? Republican? Or Independent? Well now they can!! Registration is free, fun, and easy. Register your pet today!

Find out more about dogs in politics!

Visit the Presidental Pet Museum!
The Presidential Pet Museum was founded in 1999 as a repository and means of preserving information, artifacts, and items related to the Presidential Pets.
Meet the current White House pets!
Meet Barney, Miss Beasley and the rest of the gang.
Take the Presidents and their dogs quiz!
And test your knowledge about Presidential pooches.
Check out this great list of dogs who stood by our American Presidents!
Presidents and their dogs from George Washington to George Bush.
Visit Barney on his White House homepage!
Visit Barney’s White House homepage and see what he’s up to.

Great books on Presidential dogs!

There are many interesting books available on the topic of ‘Dogs in Politics’. Here is just a sampling:

First Dogs: American Presidents and their Best Friends

Wackiest White House Pets

My Senator And Me: A Dog’s Eye View Of Washington, D.C.

Presidential pooch trivia!

  • Warren G. Harding’s dog, Laddie Boy, an Airedale terrier had his own chair to sit on at cabinet meetings.
  • , was a gift from Khrushchev, and had puppies in the White House.
  • George Bush, Sr.’s dog Millie the Springer Spaniel was an author of a book.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt’s dog Fala was the star of an MGM piece on the typical day of a dog in the White House.
  • Lyndon Johnson’s dog Yuki took a leak in the oval office in front of the Shah of Iran on August 22, 2967. And bit a White House police officer in the groin in May, 1968.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt’s dog Fala received the distinction of honorary private. This honor was bestowed by contributing one dollar to the war effort. After that hundreds of thousands of dogs across the country followed suit.
  • Woodrow Wilson was the first to shake hands with a dog. It was Stubby, a bullterrier, who captured a German spy in World War I. You can learn more about Stubby on our Dogs of War Lens!
  • Richard Nixon requested that his dog be given helicopter riding lessons.

The role Checkers played in the downfall of Nixon!

Us pups, throughout the ages, have played very important roles in the history of the US. Here is a good example; a very historic speech, given by then Senator Richard Nixon. The “Checkers speech,” as it has come to be known, was given by Richard Nixon on September 23, 1952, when he was the Republican candidate for the Vice Presidency.The speech was broadcast nationwide from the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, and was one of the first political uses of television to appeal directly to the populace. Nixon, having been accused of accepting $18,000 in illegal campaign contributions, gave the live address to the nation in which he revealed the results of an independent audit that was conducted on his finances, exonerating him of any malfeasance.The one contribution he admitted receiving was from a Texas traveling salesman named Lou Carrol who gave his family an American Cocker Spaniel, which his daughter named Checkers. Nixon admitted that this gift could be made into an issue by some, but maintained that he didn’t care, stating “the kids, like all kids, love the dog and I just want to say this right now, that regardless of what they say about it, we’re gonna keep it.”

The Checkers speech!

Nixon’s “Checkers” Speech

Nixon’s “Checkers” Speech

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Who’s your favorite Presidential pooch?

Who is your favorite Presidential pooch?

Miss Beasley
Laddie Boy

Pets discuss who to vote for!

Political Pets

Did you know…?

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