Presidential Pets: First Families’ Favorite Fur Kids

These dogs and cats got to call 1600 Penn "home." Take a trip through history, from Bo and Sunny to King Tut.

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President Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan driving in the limousine with dog "Lucky" on a trip to Camp David.
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The puppy President Obama had promised his daughters in his election night speech arrived at the White House a few months into his first term. About four years later, Bo (L) got a new buddy, Sunny.
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Presidential dog Sunny was the second Portuguese Water Dog to join the Obama family. The breed is said to be good for kids with allergies, as Malia does.
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Bo moved into the White House in the spring of 2009. (Photo by Martin H. Simon-Pool/Getty Images)
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Five-year-old AJ Murray smiled at Bo as First Lady Michelle Obama read a Christmas story during a visit to Children's National Medical Center in December 2012. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Barney was one of George W. and Laura Bush's two Scottish terriers, along with Miss Beazley. "There was so much demand for information about them that the White House created a website, Barney.gov," according to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum website. Years later, Jenna Bush Hager confessed Barney could be "a little temperamental." (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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President George W. and Laura Bush's dogs, Barney (L) and Spot, walk past a saluting U.S. Marine in Washington, D.C. in 2003. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Pictured: Barbara and Jenna Bush cuddle First Cat India. The family adopted India in 1991, according to TODAY.com.
Pictured: First Lady Laura Bush with India. The Bush twins were 9 when the family brought India home, and young Barbara named their new cat for Texas Rangers player Ruben Sierra, whose nickname was "El Indio," according to TODAY.com George W. Bush owned the team at the time.
Socks, the Clintons' cat, was a press corps favorite. (Associated Press)
Chelsea Clinton rescued Socks as a stray, according to People.com. After the White House, he went to live with Bill Clinton's secretary Betty Currie and her husband in Maryland. (Associated Press)
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President Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan bringing dog Lucky for a trip to Camp David. Lucky, a Bouvier des Flandres, was given to Nancy Reagan by the 1985 March of Dimes poster child, according to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum website.
President Nixon and his dog Checkers, the cocker spaniel known for his appearance in Nixon's famous "Checkers speech." (Associated Press)
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Lyndon Johnson playing around with his dogs at the White House. His best-known dogs, Him and Her, were registered beagles, but LBJ also had a beagle named J. Edgar; a white collie named Blanco, and a mixed-breed named Yuki, according to The LBJ Presidential Library's website. The Johnsons also kept some of Him and Her's puppies in the family.
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The Kennedy family with dogs (R-L) Charlie, Clipper, Wolf, Shannon, and two of Pushinka's puppies. Pushinka (not pictured) was a gift from Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev.
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Herbert Hoover with his pet Belgian Shepherd dog King Tut.
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