The First Pet

Barney BushWith all of the presidential candidates, do you wonder who has a pet and who doesn’t? Not like that would persuade you to vote for him/her, but you might just be interested in who has a soft spot for our furry friends.

The front runner in the race for pet ownership among the presidential candidates is Sen. John McCain. He has an assortment of 22 pets.

The rest of the list of presidential candidates and their pets after the jump.

DEMOCRATS

- Senator Barack Obama: Has no pets but is apparently fielding pressure from his daughters to get a dog if he wins the election.

- Delaware Senator Joe Biden: 1 cat.

- New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton: “Seamus, our Lab.”

- Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd: None, because of family’s allergies. Would like a dog.

- Former North Carolina Senator John Edwards: Golden retriever and chocolate Lab.

- Ohio Representative Dennis Kucinich: Pound-rescues Harry the beagle-basset, Lucie the beagle and George the cocker spaniel

- New Mexico Governor. Bill Richardson: Cats Jake and Squeaky.

REPUBLICANS
- Kansas Senator Sam Brownback: Two dogs, two cats and a fish.

- Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani: None.

- Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee: Jet the 9-year-old black Lab, Sonic the 1 1/2-year-old Shih Tzu.
- California Representative Duncan Hunter: Two black Labs, Boo and Hunter.

- Arizona Sen. John McCain: Sam the English springer spaniel, Coco the mutt, turtles Cuff and Link, Oreo the black and white cat, a ferret, three parakeets and 13 saltwater fish.

- Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney: Family recently lost Marley, a Weimaraner.

- Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo: No longer has a pet.

14 Responses to “The First Pet”

  1. lovmydog says:

    So, what kind of food does Barney eat? can we find out?

  2. Eric says:

    lovmydog,
    Fine question…

  3. Mich says:

    I wonder what they feed their pets?

  4. Debra says:

    This is on Barney’s section of the White House website (yes, he does have his own section):

    Q: Jackie from Morgantown:
    Does Barney ever eat dessert?

    A:White House Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier:
    No, I don’t give Barney desserts because it is against the rules and regulations. The President and First Lady have requested that we do not feed Barney because we want to keep Barney slim and trim like everyone else in the residence.

    Why should he get fat?

    But Barney has a way of getting his own dessert. If he happens to see me in the elevator or anywhere in the White House, he runs to my shoes and starts licking them.

    Guess why? There is sugar on my shoes, and buttercream and chocolate. Barney absolutely loves it. He would know my shoes among thousands of other shoes.

    July 29 2004 | 12:55 p.m.(EDT)

  5. Susan says:

    To my knowledge, Barney and his humans have not commented on the pet food crisis. Have the candidates said anything yet? (Or are they buying Duan-o’s story?)

  6. straybaby says:

    Maybe we should send all the *iffy* pet food to the WH addressed Barney . . . .

  7. gracesfurbabies says:

    Actually… I could be easily convinced NOT to vote for someone if they didn’t have pets. It means that something basic is missing in their character!

  8. T. J. says:

    Actually, you’ve misread the article — There are 14 dogs spread between all the candidates, McCain lives with only two! Plus his other assortment of animals.

    ITCHMO ADMIN: Thanks T.J. We have corrected the post to say that Sen. McCain has an assortment of 22 pets.

  9. JanC says:

    Lovmydog: You took the words right out of my mouth. I want to know what Barney is being fed……I’m sure he got a list of safe food from Duane-o Insane-o.

    Weeks ago, somebody (I think it may have been teric) sent an email to the White House asking what they were feeding their dogs. I don’t know why but I laughed for days over that. Must be those tequila-soaked worms working on my remaining two brain cells.

  10. martin says:

    I emailed Bush and Cheney also and got a form email back that due to the large number of emails they could not address every single one. They did thank me for writing though.

    I emailed them back and suggested that they may consider not having any BBQ melachick’s at the next Crawford Ranch cookout.

    I got the same form email back from Cheney. Bush’s box must have been full.

  11. Phoebe says:

    BBQ melachicks, a big slab of Velveeta, and a huge side of Kraft Mac ‘n’ Cheese. Sounds like a party to me!

    We’ll never hear what Barney is being fed. They won’t even touch that subject.

  12. mittens says:

    i met the pastry chef from the clinton administration- actually the assistant- and he said the kitchen staff refered to Socks, the first cat, as ‘ the Beast’…

  13. martin says:

    Think we should send a batch of the melachicks for their next cookout. Along with a big batch of cynauric acid punch. Do ya think that will get his attention? HELLO……….Mr. Bush are you there?

  14. High Note says:

    I just found out that China has become the worlds leading supplier of many food flavorings, vitamins, and preservatives. Mission Foods Co. and Tyson’s foods both want to stop imported any of their goods. But this will be very hard for any of them to do since China is the leading manufacturer of vanilla flavoring, citric acid, varities of vitamin B such as thiamine, riboflavin, folic acid. The nutrients commonly put into flour goods like the Mission Tortillas and The Tyson breaded chicken.
    Chem Nutra co imports amino acids, preservatives flavor enchancers and sweeteners from China.
    the Heinz Company just bought out three Chinese food Manufacturers.
    Anheuser-Busch is putting a company in China.
    China has supplied $25 Billion food ingredients to the US and the world in 2006.
    As a example the hostess twinky has over 12 ingredients that probably come from China.
    Every isle in our grocery store will have products that come from China in them.
    I also spoke to the Kraft Co. about their milk protein and they said that they get their milk protein from New Zealand and some from Mexico and that they check all of their incoming products.
    The chinese have caused a lot of harm with their products like tainted honey with antibiou in it and candy with sulfites and in their own country they killed twelve babies with their infant formula because of the missing nutrients.
    The chinese export vegetables, fruits, all varities of fish, corn, rice, different types of frozen goods, etc.
    Since the chinese are the main producers of preservatives then we have it in our food supply for sure.
    I personally feel there is no way that our FDA can catch all of the things coming into this country. There is more then one port and I am sure they will know which port they can come to to unload tainted materials. Our American food manufacturers have a need for these things that the chinese produce since they will have a very hard time finding them from somewhere else. Just think of all the food we have in the stores that needs a preservative!
    It is not just our precious pets I worry about. But all of our children and our babies.
    What will our next generation be able to do about this terrible thing that we have put upon them.
    This will take years to change. If it can be changed before we all get ill from bad tainted products.


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