The First Lady named her 10-week-old puppy after a character from Oliver Butterworth’s 1956 children’s book, The Enormous Egg (affiliate link).
That Christmas, Miss Beazley and Barney, the Bush’s first Scotty who had moved into the White House with the family in 2001, were featured in the White House video “A Very Beazley Christmas” in honor of her first holiday in the White House.
The two Scotties — who were indeed biologically related — became devoted pals, and dog fans everywhere enjoyed watching videos of them playing ball on the White House lawn.
What Happened to Miss Beazley?
According to Mrs. Bush, Miss Beazley was distraught over her friend Barney’s death in early 2013. “Miss Beazley really seems to be sad… she seems a little lost looking for Barney,” she told reporters.
This leaves us in a somewhat rare situation where the only White House pets now alive are those currently living there. That hasn’t been the case since former President George H.W. Bush’s dog Millie died in 1997, leaving then-President Clinton’s Buddy and Socks the cat as the only surviving presidential pets.