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Famous presidential pooches

By: Matt Hickman on June 5, 2012, 6:38 p.m.
Pets, dogs

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Heidi the Weimaraner (Dwight D. Eisenhower)

Most modern presidents tend to play it safe when it comes to dog breeds, opting for something sturdy, reliable, dignified and not too yappy: Terriers, spaniels, hounds and the occasional collie (we’re still patiently waiting for a Chihuahua to take office). And then there was golf-loving, oil-painting 34th president, Dwight D. Eisenhower – Ike went the way of the “Grey Ghost” when gifted with a Weimaraner named Heidi from Postmaster General Arthur Summerfield. Wrote Eisenhower to Summerfield in a letter dated Jan. 27, 1958: “Heidi is definitely an asset to life in the White House. She cavorts on the South Lawn at a great rate, with such important projects as chasing squirrels and investigating what might be under bushes. She is beautiful and well-behaved (occasionally she tends toward stubbornness but is then immediately apologetic about it). And she is extremely affectionate and seemingly happy. I am constantly indebted to you both for giving her to me . . ." However, Heidi’s days romping around 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. were reportedly limited as she had a bit of a problem minding her number ones when left indoors (Weimaraners are known to suffer from separation anxiety, but maybe she just disagreed with some of Ike’s policies) and was sent to live on Eisenhower’s farm in Gettysburg.