Pets in the Whitehouse
The halls of the Whitehouse have often counted furry friends among their residents. From the most recent pet resident belonging to President Barrack Obama (Bo, a Portuguese water dog) to hounds and horses owned by George Washington, many a paw has trotted through the corridors. Other recent pets who spent time at the Whitehouse include: Socks the cat and Buddy the Lab (Clintons); Millie and Ranger Springer Spaniels (George Bush Snr.); Lucky and Rex Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (Reagan); Ms Beazley and Barney Scottish Terriers, Spot a Springer Spaniel, and India the cat (George W. Bush).
Pets on TV & Film
Secretariat was an American Thoroughbred racehorse, that in 1973 became the first U.S. Triple Crown champion in 25 years. Several horses were used to depict Secretariat in the film based on this feat. The primary horses were Trolley’s Boy, whose great-great-grandsire was the real-life Secretariat, and Longshot Max, whose bloodline includes Secretariat’s sire, Bold Ruler, as well as his grandsire, Princequillo.
Elvis the Alligator in Miami Vice
Elvis played the part of Sonny Crockett’s (Don Johnson) pet in the 1980s series ‘Miami Vice’. In the series, the gator which was a former University of Florida mascot lives on Sonny’s boat. It is unknown what happened to the pet after 1989, when it stopped appearing in the series. This pet was famous for eating everything and anything!
Daddy and Junior in Dog Whisperer
Daddy, Cesar Millan’s beloved pitbull, passed away in April 2011 and has been replaced by Junior, a grey pitbull. Daddy lived to the venerable age of 15 and played a big part in Cesar’s dog rehabilitation efforts on ‘The Dog Whisperer’.
Garfield is a world-famous, overweight, orange cat. Starting out as a comic strip character in 1978, in the 2004 movie he has a weakness for lasagna. Raking in a fortune in merchandise sales, this fictitious cat will live on for a very long time.
Flipper & Willie
Flipper is the name of the dolphin in the 1964 series that carried the same name, though the part was actually played by 5 female dolphins. The show went off air in 1967 but reappeared between 1995 and 2000. Mitzi, the most famous of the dolphins who played Flipper, now rests in Grassy Key Florida where a large monument stands in her memory.
‘Free Willy’ was a 1993 film about an orca whale kept captive by an unscrupulous marine park owner. A young boy befriends the whale, in reality named Keiko, and tries to free it. After finding fame, the orca was returned to the wild, but died of pneumonia.
Mister Ed was was played by Bamboo Havester, the star of the 1960’s tv show about a talking horse. While you may have heard that the palomino was given peanut butter to create the talking effect, the real story is that the horse learned to move his lips when Wilbur stopped talking.
Straight out of the Peter Pan story comes the lovely Tinkerbell, better known as Paris Hilton’s canine friend. Tinkerbell went AWOL some time back but was found and returned safely home. The lucky lady owns several designer outfits – Tinkerbell, that is.
‘Beast’ is a recently-acquired sheepdog-type breed called a Puli, belonging to Facebook founder Zuckerberg. Naturally, he has his own Facebook page and lives In Palo Alto with Zuckerberg and girlfriend. Lucky dog!
Oprah Whine Free
Belonging to rap artist 50 Cent, Oprah is a miniature Schnauzer. Ever the sophisticated pooch, she is on Twitter with over 7000 followers. Like her owner, she is often at the center of controversy!