Friday, July 30, 2004

Presidential Pets

It's a long story, but something I saw on TV last night had me Googling "Presidential Pets" this morning.

And that's when I discovered the fascinating world of Presidential Pet Names and Breeds. For example, did you know that Teddy Roosevelt had a pet guinea pig named "Father O'Grady"? And while he wasn't toussling about with his wife's spaniel, Emily Spinach, he was probably out playing with his lion, hyena, wildcat, coyote, five bears, two parrots, zebra, barn owl, snakes, lizards, rats, roosters, and raccoon, to name a slew.

Believe it or not, unknown President Rutherford Hayes ended up making a difference in America -- by bringing over the first pair of Siamese Cats. It would be only a few years later when his beloved Chinese kittens would play joke, and put pee-pee in his coke.

Loner James Buchanan wasn't fucking around either: when he wasn't vetoing a bill or causing a Civil War, he could be seen cuddling with his herd of elephants from the King of Siam and playing frisbee with his Bald Eagles.

Want to learn more? Cart yourself over to the Presidential Pet Museum in Lothian, Maryland -- don't forget to swing by the gift shop! Cause I'm not saying I didn't get any meaningful birthday gifts (one can never have enough fart spray), but look at this.

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