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Famous presidential pooches

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

Photo: President Bush with Millie and puppies. Michael Sargent/Wikimedia Commons

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Millie the springer spaniel (George H.W. Bush)

Although the Scottish terrier belonging to George H.W. Bush’s son may have had his own series of popular “Barney Cam” videos, Millie, the 43rd president’s springer spaniel, has bragging rights as being the first and only first pooch to make the leap into literature with “Millie’s Book: As Dictated to Barbara Bush.” Writes the famous cartoon cat Garfield in a New York Times review of the 1990 tome: “Given that it was written by a dog, one must conclude that ‘Millie's Book' is a miracle, or at the very least, pretty darned impressive. Most of the dogs I know would rather chew on a book than write one. Oh, sure, Millie had help from the first lady, but Millie's wit, style and incisiveness are clearly stamped throughout.” The acclaimed authoress, who according to her master knew “more about foreign affairs” than two “bozos” named Bill Clinton and Al Gore, passed away in 1997 from pneumonia.