Irish Wolfhound Craigwood Padrick, or Patrick, lived in the White House with President Herbert Hoover and his wife, Lou. On March 30, 1929 Mrs. Norwood B. Smith, breeder and old school friend of Lou Hoover, gifted the Presidential family with Patrick. Patrick was a grayish-brown color and is described by Mo Rocca in her book All the Presidents’ Pets: The Story of One Reporter Who Refused to Roll Over as being “the great-great grandson of the famous Cragwood Darragh.”
Patrick is described by a news report in the Milwaukee Sentinel on June 5th, 1930 as being “sensitive, shy, and shaggy” and that he “claims Mrs. Hoover as his closest friend.” Perhaps that is why he was assigned such an important task – to awaken the Hoovers every morning by bounding into their bedroom.
Despite Patrick’s important role, the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum states that he was given to a Colonel Brown by Mrs. Lou Hoover in 1933.