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Champ, Major and other White House pets

2021-1-25 15:39| 发布者: hujian| 查看: 8| 评论: 0

摘要:   Mr Johnson's daughter, Luci, found Yuki at a petrol station in his home state of Texas on Thanksgiving Day in 1966, according to the Presidential Pet Museum website, which compiles informatio ...

  

Champ pictured with Jill BidenIMAGE COPYRIGHTWHITE HOUSE / ADAM SCHULTZ
image captionThe Bidens have had Champ since 2008, after Mr Biden was elected vice-president

President Joe Biden's dogs have arrived at the White House, restarting a long-held tradition of having pets there.

Donald Trump was the first US president in more than 100 years not to have a pet.

Mr Biden's two German Shepherds - Champ and Major - joined the president and first lady over the weekend and seemed at home on the White House lawn.

The dogs have a big fan base on social media. A Twitter page in their name has tens of thousands of followers.

The pair were pictured at the White House on Sunday, a few days after their owners moved in.

"Champ is enjoying his new dog bed by the fireplace and Major loved running around on the South Lawn," a statement from the White House said.

Here's a look at what we know about the new "First Dogs", and their predecessors.

Champ and Major

Mr Biden got Champ as a puppy after being elected vice-president in 2008.

His wife, Jill, promised him the post-election pet, and posted pictures of different dogs on the back of the seat in front of him on his campaign plane, according to Politico.

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The name, chosen by Mr Biden's grandchildren, had sentimental significance.

In campaign speeches for the 2008 election, he recalled how his father would tell him: "Any time you get knocked down, champ, get up!"

Major was fostered and then adopted in 2018 from the Delaware Humane Association.

Major on the White House lawnIMAGE COPYRIGHTWHITE HOUSE / ADAM SCHULTZ
image captionMajor is said to be the first rescue dog in the White House

Bo and Sunny

Portuguese Water Dogs Bo and Sunny were residents of the White House during Barack Obama's presidency.

When he declared victory, Mr Obama told his daughters: "You have earned the new puppy that's coming with us to the White House."

Bo was given as a gift to the Obama children from Senator Ted Kennedy in 2009, while Sunny came along in August 2013.

Bo, who has a white chest and front paws, and the all-black Sunny proved popular, even helping with official duties.

Sunny and BoIMAGE COPYRIGHTTHE WHITE HOUSE

"Everybody wants to see them and take pictures," Michelle Obama said during her husband's presidency.

"I get a memo at the beginning of the month with a request for their schedules, and I have to approve their appearances."

Buddy and Socks

Bill Clinton had a chocolate Labrador called Buddy during his time as president, as well as a cat named Socks.

The pair often fought and the New York Times jokingly called them nemeses.

Socks the Cat, with black fur, white face, and amber eyes, sits on top of a television cabinet looking down at Buddy the dog in 1998IMAGE COPYRIGHTGETTY IMAGES

Mr Clinton told reporters in 2000 that Buddy would sometimes sleep next to him when his wife was away.

"He's my true friend," he said.

Hillary Clinton even wrote a book about the two pets, called Dear Socks, Dear Buddy, which includes letters from children and details about their rivalry and habits.

Miss Beazley and Barney

Among his pets, George W Bush had two Scottish Terriers called Miss Beazley and Barney while he was president.

US President George W. Bush carries his dog Barney as Fist Lady Laura Bush holds Miss Beazley in 2005IMAGE COPYRIGHTGETTY IMAGES

The dogs featured in videos released by the White House such as "A Very Beazley Christmas" and "Barney Cam".

Mr Bush has described Miss Beazley as "a source of joy", and said he and Barney shared a love for the outdoors.

Yuki

President Lyndon B Johnson's favourite dog was a terrier mix named Yuki.

Mr Johnson's daughter, Luci, found Yuki at a petrol station in his home state of Texas on Thanksgiving Day in 1966, according to the Presidential Pet Museum website, which compiles information on the White House pets.

US President Lyndon B Johnson introduces his pet dog Yuki at a Country Fair on the South Lawn of the White House, Washington, DC, September 1967.IMAGE COPYRIGHTGETTY IMAGES

Luci gave the dog to Mr Johnson as a birthday present the following year.

The pair did everything from attending cabinet meetings to swimming together.

"They shared a very significant bond that personified the American spirit: Only in America could a poor boy from Johnson City end up in the White House," his grandson once said.

Fala

Among the most famous White House dogs is Franklin D Roosevelt's beloved Scottish Terrier Fala.

Fala was given to Mr Roosevelt by his cousin in 1940, and the president named him Murray the Outlaw of Falahill, after a Scottish ancestor.

Fala had a bone brought up on the president's breakfast tray every morning, and even needed a secretary appointed to him to answer his fan mail, according to the Franklin D Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum.

The president had the cake pictured below made especially for Fala's birthday.

White House terrier Fala, 4, licks his chops as he stands over his birthday cake on April 7, 1944.IMAGE COPYRIGHTGETTY IMAGES

In a 1942 campaign, Fala donated toys to promote scrap rubber collections for the war effort.

Films have been made about Fala, and the dog is even memorialised in a statue next to one of Mr Roosevelt at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington DC.

Macaroni

It's not just cats and dogs who have held the esteemed title of "first pet". There have also been birds, hamsters and even ponies.

Macaroni was a gift to John F Kennedy's daughter Caroline from Lyndon B Johnson.

With a Secret Service man leading the way, Caroline Kennedy, the President's daughter, takes a ride on her pony, Macaroni, in 1962

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