Happy Presidents’ Day!

Monday, February 18, 2013 - 4:00pm
dog wearing stripe hat and large star bow tie with a flag in the background

In honor of today’s federal holiday, we’re taking a look at the many animals graced the halls of the White House over the years. Everybody knows Bo, the Obamas’ cute-as-can-be Portuguese Water Dog, but did you know that hundreds of animals have lived in the White House over the years?

Woodrow Wilson had a pet ram named Old Ike, and Calvin Coolidge was the proud pet parent of Billy, a pygmy hippo. Our birthday boy, George Washington, had a menagerie of Hounds, but his wife Martha kept company with a single parrot.

Check out this photo gallery of presidential pets, and have a happy Presidents’ Day!