First Dogs: American Presidents and Their Best Friends
- By Roy Rowan and Brooke Janis
- Paperback: 163 pages
"If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog," Harry Truman once said. Perhaps that's why for much of our Republic's history, there have been two top dogs at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, one with two legs, one with four. First Dogs, by distinguished journalist Roy Rowan and researcher Brooke Janis, tells the whole doggone story, from the days before there was a White House to Barack Obama's newly adopted presidential pup, Bo.
Here's a lighthearted romp through American history, packed with early American drawings and paintings and photographs, starting with Abraham Lincoln's Fido. Not only did these four-footed goodwill ambassadors humanize their distinguished masters, but they also offered them a little unconditional love in a loveless town.
The White House has been the home not just to the Presidents and the First Families, but also to all their family pets. Presidential pets have included barnyard animals, exotic birds, bears, alligators, and domesticated cats and many, many dogs. From FDR's Fala and the Bushes' Barney to the Obamas' Bo and Sunny, some of these pets have themselves become household names across America.