Dogs, Cats And Pets Of Presidential Candidates

Socks Bush the catHere’s a summary of the dogs, cats, birds, fish and other pets owned by the 2008 republican and democratic presidential candidates. It’s not how many pets you have, or any at all, but how you treat all pets.

(Pictured: Socks Bush Clinton)

Presidential candidate factoids:

  • Out of 14 hopefuls, 9 presidential candidates currently have pets.
  • Only 2 have a cat and a dog.
  • Democratic candidates have 9 pets.
  • Republican candidates have 31 pets.
  • John McCain leads the pack (or zoo) with 22 pets.

Democratic Presidential Candidates and Their Pets

  • Joe Biden: Delaware Senator
    • 1 cat
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton: New York Senator
    • 1 dog: Seamus (Labrador retreiver)
  • Chris Dodd: Connecticut Senator
    • None: States family’s allergies as the issue, but said would like a dog.
  • John Edwards: Former North Carolina Senator
    • 2 dogs: A Golden retriever, and a chocolate Labrador retriever
  • Dennis Kucinich: Ohio Representative
    • 3 dogs: Harry (beagle-basset), Lucie (beagle), and George (cocker spaniel).
  • Barack Obama: Illinois Senator
    • None: Says he’s facing pressure to get a dog from the kids.
  • Bill Richardson: New Mexico Governer
    • 2 cats: Jake, and Squeaky

Republican Presidential Candidates and Their Pets

  • Sam Brownback: Kansas Senator
    • 2 dogs
    • 2 cats
    • 1 fish
  • Rudy Giuliani: Former New York Mayor
    • None
  • Mike Huckabee: Former Arkansas Governor
    • 2 dogs: Jet (black Labrador retriever), and Sonic (Shih Tzu)
  • Duncan Hunter: California Representative
    • 2 dogs: Boo (black Labrador retriever), and Hunter (black Labrador retriever).
  • John McCain: Arizona Senator
    • 1 cat: Oreo (black and white cat)
    • 2 dogs: Sam (English springer spaniel), and Coco (mutt)
    • 13 fish: (saltwater)
    • 1 ferret
    • 3 parakeets
    • 2 turtles: Cuff, and Link
  • Mitt Romney: Former Massachusetts Governor
  • Tom Tancredo: Colorado Representative
    • None

(Source: AP)

13 Responses to “Dogs, Cats And Pets Of Presidential Candidates”

  1. CatLady says:

    The caption says “pictured: Socks Bush”. I believe that Socks was in the White House as a pet of Chelsea Clinton. You may wish to correct that.

  2. CatsSlave says:

    I think the Bushes are parents to a couple of dogs. Terriers?

  3. Steve says:

    There is no Socks Bush.

    Thats Socks Clinton

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socks_(cat)

  4. mittens says:

    edwards HAS a golden retreiver or he IS a golden retreiver? i’m confused- the 2 look alike.

    the bushes have barney and friend-terriers and a black cat.barney has videos for kids up on the white house web site. the cat runs through them occassionally. there’s a’ pet’ steer somewhere in the mix too…

    socks was left behind in washington when the clinton’s left the white house because he didn’t get along with the dog they bought to make bill look less like a lecherous creep and more like a family man during that whole gross impeachment thing. some ex-staffer rescued the abondoned socks who i heard from the white house pastry chef at the time was referred to as ‘ the Beast’.

    i’d prefer a cat person in the presidents seat thank you- not someone who feels the need to have something drooling and submissive at his/her feet.( i do like dogs mind you but i am really all about the cats. i’m quite fond of wire hairfox terriers because they seem like cats- aloof. no drooling.)

  5. Lis says:

    As others have said, that’s Socks Clinton, and the caption should be corrected.

    Socks was Chelsea’s cat. When the Clintons left the White House and she went to college, it wasn’t practical for her to take the cat with her, and no, Socks didn’t really get along with Bill’s dog, and a staffer who’d been with them a long time and had a good relationship with Socks offered to take him. This counts as “abandonment” only in the Bizarro universe where everything done by a Clinton is evil because it was done by a Clinton.

    Back when Clinton was first elected, and the press was treating everything about them, including Chelsea and including the cat, as both public property and inanimate objects, Bill Clinton stepped quite firmly to stop photographers’ harassment of the cat and limit the “cute” pictures to a frequency and duration that the cat could cope with easily. (The Clintons were also remarkably effective in limiting Chelsea’s exposure to the media nastiness, but since she’s one of the Evil Clintons herself, that’s not important.)

  6. Weekly Digest: June 29, 2007 | Elaine Vigneault’s Diary says:

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  7. Itchmo says:

    So corrected. :)

  8. 3Catmom says:

    Hmmm, might have to learn more about Bill Richardson and Joe Biden.

    Seems like every person I have known that says “I hate cats” turns out to be and awful person in the long run!!

  9. petslave says:

    Look at all the pure bred dogs, guess the unique distinctive mixed breed just doesn’t cut it in the upper echelon crowd. Have to keep up the appearances–notice almost all of the breeds are those we all equate with the wholesome happy all-american family.

  10. Michelle says:

    Dennis Kucinich’s dogs are all rescues! :)

  11. Ruth says:

    “Mitt Romney: Former Massachusetts Governor
    None: Family recently lost Marley, a Weimaraner”

    I wonder how Romney treated this dog. Did he too have to ride the roof?

  12. Day says:

    The Bush’s have Barney & Miss Beasley two Scottish Terriers & India the cat.

  13. Undecided voters: an anomoly all on their own « Witty Banter says:

    […] The presidential election is just two-weeks away. The economy is crashing. We are at war in two different countries. Our educational system is in disarray. Our civil liberties remain in question. Sen. Barack Obama has no pets and Sen. John McCain has 22 of them (yes, really). […]


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