“Pets at the White House” Book Thrills with Intriguing Photos, Stories of Presidents & Pets Past
The foreword is by Barbara Bush – enough said…. No seriously, I couldn’t put this book down once I opened it up and smelled that fresh book smell…
But again, seriously – this is one of those books that’s totally hard core – it’s absolutely absorbing, captivating, intriguing, intelligent, and 100% lovely.
“Pets at the White House” is a beautiful hard cover book that provides a spectacular view into one of the most world-famous houses – the White House – and all of its four-legged creatures including ponies, dogs, cats, parakeets, sheep and more!
With charisma, magic, fascination, wit, fun and gripping photographs (some in black and white from earlier years) , author Jennifer Pickens uncovers how pets have played a crucial role in the White House throughout the decades, not only by providing companionship to the presidents and their families, but also by humanizing and softening their political images.
The book starts with the Kennedy family and their complete menagerie of animals and continues through 10 administrations and more than half a century to the Obama family and the First Dog Bo.
There are more than 200 superb photographs in this book- images of presidents and their pets in quiet moments as well as more animated times of play – most of which have NEVER BEEN SEEN BEFORE.
I wish I could take a picture of the picturesin this book – they are FAN-FLIPPIN-TASTIC. Amazing.
Pickens documents the lives of the the most famous White House pets through fascinating and little-known anecdotes as well…
One such story involves the Soviet Prime Minister, who gave young Caroline Kennedy a puppy, who had to be put through a battery of tests in search of hidden listening devices and bombs!
There’s also the story of President Ford getting locked out of the White House when he took out his very pregnant dog Liberty in the middle of the night!
Another heart-warming tale: the custom birthing box created by White House carpenters for Millie while she was pregnant with presidential puppies during the first Bush Administration.
President George W. Bush’s Scottish Terrier, Barney, became a celebrity in his own right, appearing in more than 10 films while he was at the White House.
And most recently, and perhaps my favorite, President Obama made good on his promise to get his two daughters a puppy, so here came Bo, a BEAUTIFUL Portuguese Water Dog. Bo’s favorite food, by the way, is tomatoes….!
With an intriguing foreword by Barbara Bush, this book has earned the devotion of the recent US First Families, many of whom penned a unique quote for their chapters.
This is a poignant collection of stories and photographs and is a must-have coffee table book for pet-lovers of all types from all over the world.
I will forever cherish this beautiful book and keep it close by.