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Presidential Pets

Martha Stewart Living Television

During their distinguished tenures, former presidents Washington, Lincoln, both Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt, Kennedy, and Johnson all took care of more than domestic and foreign policy. Each of these statesmen were also avid pet lovers, and their charges included all sorts of animals, from macaws to pigs.

President Washington was a foxhound enthusiast, and his 30 dogs -- including Drunkard, Tipler, Tipsy, Sweetlips, and Scentwell -- helped to keep the kitchen at Mount Vernon flush with game. 

Abraham Lincoln tended to not only horses and dogs, but also goats. Two such goats, Nanny and Nanko, were inveterate troublemakers who wreaked havoc on the family's flowerbeds but were permitted to play indoors. 

Theodore Roosevelt kept a large blue macaw named Eli Yale, who was given a room of his own due to his tendency to bite the domestic staff at the White House. 

Franklin Delano Roosevelt had a particularly popular Scottie who played in the oval office, attended press conferences, rode alongside the president in his limo, and was trained to shake hands with visiting dignitaries. 

Caroline and John Jr., President Kennedy's children, cared for a menagerie of pets: ducks, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, canaries, lovebirds, and dogs. The Kennedy family's favorite, however, was a pony named Macaroni, who was free to wander the White House lawn and was once invited inside the White House by J.F.K. (although rumor has it the animal was too shy to accept). 

President Kennedy's successor, Lyndon B. Johnson, was often seen in the company of his two beagles, Him and Her. In fact, Johnson went about his duties with pockets full of dog treats for his pets.