The 2008 Presidential Candidates--And Their Pets

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, Pocket Pets, Reptiles, Cows, Birds, Fish

What does a person’s pets say about them? If you can figure anything out about someone by the pets they keep, you may want to take a look at the pets of all the presidential candidates. It may help you decide on your way to the ballot box!

For the Democrats, Ohio Representative Dennis Kucinich is the clear front-runner—at least in pet numbers. Kucinich has three pound-rescued dogs: Harry the beagle-basset, Lucie the beagle and George the cocker spaniel. Other Democrat dogs include New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s lab Seamus, and former North Carolina Senator John Edwards’ Golden Retriever and chocolate Labrador. Democrat cats belong to Delaware Senator Joe Biden, who has one cat, and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson with two, Jake and Squeaky. Two candidates are currently without pets. Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd’s family has allergies that prevent pets at home, although he would like to have a dog. Illinois Senator Barack Obama has no pets yet, though he and his wife have promised their daughters a dog after the election process is through.

Looking for a little pet variety in your candidate? Arizona Senator John McCain has the usual dogs (Sam the Springer Spaniel and a mutt named Coco) and cat (Oreo, who’s black and white). But McCain also has two turtles, Cuff and Link, a ferret, three parakeets and 13 saltwater fish. Fortunately, if this menagerie is elected, the White House is pretty spacious. Republican dogs include California Representative Duncan Hunter’s black labs, Boo and Hunter, and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee’s 9-year-old black Lab, Jet, and 1 1/2 year old Shih Tzu, Sonic. As with the Democrats, two Republican candidates are without pets. Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani has no pets, and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s family recently lost their Weimaraner, Marley.

How does this candidate zoo stack up against the current pet administration? George W. Bush and family have had four pets in the White House: two Scottish Terriers, Barney and Miss Beazley, a black cat named India, and and Spot the Springer Spaniel. Spot was born in the White House in 1989 to George H. W. Bush’s dog Millie, author of Millie’s Book. Spot is the only second-generation White House dog in history. The Bush family also claims Ofelia, a Longhorn, although she resides on their ranch in Crawford, Texas.

Topics: pets, presidents

Similar entries

  • In the United States, the most popular breeds have all remained the same for 2008 according to the AKC. For the 18th consecutive year the Labrador retriever has maintained the coveted number one most popular breed ranking, although rumor has it that the mixed breed actually edges them out for the number one spot. In fact the Labrador retriever has twice the number of registrants in ‘08 than does its nearest competition: the Yorkshire terrier.

    The 2008 ranking resembles that of 2007 with the exception of the English bulldog, who has managed to move up an additional two slots.

  • The Labrador retriever is again the top breed in the United States, having maintained that coveted spot for most of the last two decades. The German shepherd has, however, replaced the Yorkshire terrier for the number two spot, moving the Yorkie to number three.

    Rounding out the top ten are golden retrievers in the number 4 spot, followed by beagles, boxers, bulldogs, dachshunds, poodles, and the Shih Tzu.

  • The most popular dog in the US is actually the mixed-breed, sometimes known as designer dogs. Of the AKC registered breeds the following were the most popular in 2007...

    Labrador retriever for the 17th consecutive year
    Yorkshire terrier
    German shepherd
    Golden retriever
    Shih tzu
    English Bulldog

    The English Bulldog makes its first appearance ever on the top 10 list.

  • The most popular dog in the US is actually the mixed-breed, sometimes known as "designer dogs". Of the AKC registered breeds, the following were the most popular in 2007.

    1) Labrador retriever, for the 17th consecutive year
    2) Yorkshire terrier
    3) German shepherd
    4) Golden retriever
    5) Beagle
    6) Boxer
    7) Dachshund
    8) Poodle
    9) Shih tzu
    10) English Bulldog

    The English Bulldog makes its first appearance ever on the top 10 list.

  • In a natural environment the dog is a pack animal. When we bring a puppy into a human family the puppy naturally becomes part of a new pack—his adoptive human family. Unfortunately, the modern family is always on the go, and the new puppy is often left alone for long periods of time. It's unnatural for a dog to be isolated from his pack. The stress associated with isolation from the nuclear family can lead to a syndrome described as "Separation Anxiety."