President's best friend: White House pets

Published On: Oct 26 2012 06:17:36 AM CDT   Updated On: Apr 11 2016 10:10:46 AM CDT

In honor of National Pet Day, take a look at photos of first pets dating back to the late 1800s.

Presidential pets - Nixon dogs
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President Richard Nixon’s family had three dogs while they were in the White House: Pasha, Vicky and King Timahoe. Nixon owned his most famous pet, a cocker spaniel named Checkers, while he was vice president.

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