See photos of White House dogs, cats, and the occasional raccoon from the AP Photo Library.
A Marine guard salutes as President George W. Bush's dog Barney disembarks from Marine One on the south lawn of the White House in March 2004. Barney was returning from Camp David with President Bush and first lady Laura Bush.
President Clinton walks with his daughter, Chelsea; wife, Hillary; and Labrador retriever, Buddy, as they leave the White House for a vacation in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, on August 18, 1998. This photo, part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning package by AP photographers, was shot one day after the president admitted to a relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky that was "not appropriate."
President Herbert Hoover holds his pet dog King Tut, circa 1928. This photo was widely circulated during the 1928 presidential campaign, and some observers credited it with helping boost Hoover's image in his election win over Democratic candidate Al Smith.
A few days after giving his famous "Checkers" speech, President Richard Nixon (at the time a Senator and the Republican vice presidential candidate) relaxes with his family on the lawn of their Washington home in September 1952. Sitting with Nixon is his wife, Pat, their children Julie and Patricia, and of course Checkers, their cocker spaniel.
"First Pet: The Presidents and Their Beloved Canines, Felines, and Other Four-Legged Creatures Who Made Their Homes at the White House" includes more than 400 photos, culled from the AP Photo Library, of "first pets" that have taken up residence in the White House. Beyond man's best friend, the menagerie of presidential pets includes an alligator, bear, blue macaw, coyote, horse, hyena, kangaroo, rat, raccoon, sheep, snake, wildcat, and many, many more.
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