On May 15, historian-in-residence Andrew Hager travelled to Fredericksburg, Virginia, to discuss presidential pets with students at South Stafford Christian School. The students, who ranged in age from pre-school to 12th grade, learned about a variety of White House animals, from Teddy Roosevelt’s badger, Josiah, to JFK’s Russian pup, Pushinka. The school visit was the…
By Andrew Hager, Historian-in-Residence Working at the Presidential Pet Museum a fun job, particularly for a person like me who loves history. One of the best things about the work is the chance to really dig into the presidents’ lives, to better understand the men who have shaped this country for good or for ill….
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This huge brown-and-white dog was a gift from President Theodore Roosevelt’s old friend. Rollo weighed around 200 pounds, and LOVED kids!
Read about Alice Roosevelt’s pet garter snake, which she liked to carry in her pocketbook and pull out at unexpected times in the White House.
Theodore Roosevelt and family once owned a one-legged rooster. Photo: National Photo Company, Library of Congress.
One of the more colorful, and noisy, of the Theodore Roosevelt family’s pets was Eli Yale, a Hyacinth macaw who was “gorgeous,” according to the president.