Misty was born on September 14, 1975 from mom Liberty, a famous golden who lived with the Fords in the White House. Liberty was given to the First Couple by their daughter Susan after they lost their older dog.
Although all of Misty’s siblings were given to friends and family, Misty was taken in by the Fords and spent her first years growing up in the White House. She often could be seen spending time with President Ford and Liberty in the pool or romping around the grounds.
Often, Betty Ford would spread out her paperwork on the floor in the living room, but Misty and Liberty were having none of that — many times, important papers had to be retrieved from the retrievers.
“Liberty and Misty, the Ford’s golden retrievers, were not always as patient as the president, and many times Mrs. Ford and I, were the ones retrieving papers scattered by the mischievous canines,” said White House social secretary Maria Downs.