Animals whether pampered household pets, working
livestock, birds, squirrels, or strays have
long been a major part of life at the White
House. Some pets simply provided companionship
to the president and his family. Others gained
fame for a role in shaping the president's
public image. No matter what job was bestowed
upon them, White House pets usually did it well.
This exhibition was organized by the White House Historical Association and the
White House Curator's Office in cooperation with the National Park Service.
President George W. Bush’s English springer
spaniel, Spot, plays on the White House lawn, 2001. White House photo by