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Millions of words have been written about America's first families. But what has been said about our "first families' families" - the colossal collection of animals, exotic and familiar, stubborn and playful, large and tiny, who have been welcome, and often celebrated, residents of the White House and its grounds since the days of George Washington? Over the years, the Wh Millions of words have been written about America's first families. But what has been said about our "first families' families" - the colossal collection of animals, exotic and familiar, stubborn and playful, large and tiny, who have been welcome, and often celebrated, residents of the White House and its grounds since the days of George Washington? Over the years, the White House has been home to a unique assortment of pets. As a guest of John Quincy Adams, General Lafayette kept a live alligator in the East Room. Calvin Coolidge's Enoch, a huge white goose, gift from actress Marie Dressler, was said to be worth $100,000. Young Tad Lincoln surveyed his home grounds in a cart drawn by two pet goats. Warren Harding's Laddie Boy, a talented Airedale, was interviewed by reporters on national affairs. There were Franklin Roosevelt's famous Fala, Caroline Kennedy's Macaroni, Lyndon Johnson's beagles Him and Her. And Teddy Roosevelt's whole menagerie, which included a lion, snakes, roosters, a zebra, and five bears. The list of presidential pets is endless, and the stories about them and their owners are bizarre, hilarious, touching, and filled with incidents that point out many a first-family soft spot, peculiarity and, in every case, unabashed love of animals. Margaret Truman, a former White House resident herself, charts this special heritage with warmth and imagination.


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Millions of words have been written about America's first families. But what has been said about our "first families' families" - the colossal collection of animals, exotic and familiar, stubborn and playful, large and tiny, who have been welcome, and often celebrated, residents of the White House and its grounds since the days of George Washington? Over the years, the Wh Millions of words have been written about America's first families. But what has been said about our "first families' families" - the colossal collection of animals, exotic and familiar, stubborn and playful, large and tiny, who have been welcome, and often celebrated, residents of the White House and its grounds since the days of George Washington? Over the years, the White House has been home to a unique assortment of pets. As a guest of John Quincy Adams, General Lafayette kept a live alligator in the East Room. Calvin Coolidge's Enoch, a huge white goose, gift from actress Marie Dressler, was said to be worth $100,000. Young Tad Lincoln surveyed his home grounds in a cart drawn by two pet goats. Warren Harding's Laddie Boy, a talented Airedale, was interviewed by reporters on national affairs. There were Franklin Roosevelt's famous Fala, Caroline Kennedy's Macaroni, Lyndon Johnson's beagles Him and Her. And Teddy Roosevelt's whole menagerie, which included a lion, snakes, roosters, a zebra, and five bears. The list of presidential pets is endless, and the stories about them and their owners are bizarre, hilarious, touching, and filled with incidents that point out many a first-family soft spot, peculiarity and, in every case, unabashed love of animals. Margaret Truman, a former White House resident herself, charts this special heritage with warmth and imagination.

30 review for White House Pets

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tulay

    Learned more about the U.S. history. If you are a pet lover, you'll enjoy this book. Over the years many animals lived, loved, even the special rooms build for them. Thanks Mrs Truman teaching me this part of the White House.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    This was a fun book to read. It was penned by Margaret Truman. It focuses on the pets that have lived in the White house over the years. Even though George Washington did not live in the White House, he is also included. I have an interest in animals and a love for them so this was an interesting book to read. Many presidents had horses of course I especially liked reading about Zachary Taylor's horse. there were numerous birds of all kinds that lived in the White House over the years. Many cats This was a fun book to read. It was penned by Margaret Truman. It focuses on the pets that have lived in the White house over the years. Even though George Washington did not live in the White House, he is also included. I have an interest in animals and a love for them so this was an interesting book to read. Many presidents had horses of course I especially liked reading about Zachary Taylor's horse. there were numerous birds of all kinds that lived in the White House over the years. Many cats had a home there. Lots of dogs too of course. I enjoyed reading about some of the stories more than others. I liked reading about Fala the scottish Terrier. and lot of the other dogs that had homes at the White house. there were also sheep goats, chickens etc. It is nice to read that presidents and their families liked to have pets. Not a great read but fun.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    And entertaining narrative about the many animals who have called the White House home healing it. It’s pretty interesting how many citizens would just send animals, and especially dogs they couldn’t manage, to the White House.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mary Kirby

    Interesting Avery interesting book. Ms. Truman gave the reader an insight to the private lives of the president and their families and their pets.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Terri Stewart

    Margaret Truman makes history fun with these delightful accounts of White Rouse pets and their people.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Merlin

    Very enjoyable and well written

  7. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    An engaging look at the multitudes of animals that have called the White House home through the years. Lots of fun!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    Pets and Their Presidents Interesting to always see history from various viewpoints...pets on parade through the Whitehouse might be the most different. While some Pets did seem to be definitely pets and brought the nation together as a Family. Other pets that were on more excotic side brought in the interesting side. The question of what do with the rambunctious or overabundance seemed to pop-up as an often asked question. Always enjoy Margaret Truman's writings.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alaine

    Dry and boring. Didn't finish chapter one. Skipped ahead and chapter two is just as blah. I have a virtual stack of library ebooks right now so...on to better things.

  10. 5 out of 5

    pamela lawrence

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    Douglas Reedy

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    Christine

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    Mary Lou

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    Kimberly Rayner

  16. 5 out of 5

    SUSAN STOLL

  17. 4 out of 5

    Wayne Merritt

  18. 4 out of 5

    Robin Webb

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    Debra

  20. 5 out of 5

    Randolph L Smith

  21. 5 out of 5

    Caya

  22. 5 out of 5

    John Palmer

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    Gwen

  24. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Benevelli

  25. 4 out of 5

    Alysia Schwarz

  26. 4 out of 5

    Francoise

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rosalyn L Long

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amy

  29. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Mortell Miller

  30. 5 out of 5

    Steven C. Underwood

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