In January 1969, French poodle Vicky accompanied the Nixon family to their new home: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, more commonly known as the White House.
At the time, Vicky had one sibling of sorts — a Yorkshire terrier named Pasha. But they were soon joined by King Timahoe, an Irish setter given to President Nixon.
All three dogs got along famously, living both inside the White House and in a dog run outside the West Wing. In the dog run, Vicky enjoyed her own heated doghouse.
Watch Out for Goldfish
Although Vicky was technically daughter Julie Nixon’s dog, she enjoyed taking walks with all members of the First Family.
One day when First Lady Pat Nixon and her daughter Tricia were strolling through the gardens, Vicky noticed a goldfish pool. Before anyone could react, she pounced! Thankfully, a White House aide was with the trio and managed to rescue both Vicky from the pond and the goldfish from certain doom.
At Christmas time, Vicky could be found in the family’s private quarters. She played with her siblings as well as President Nixon himself — disconcerting CBS reporters Charles Kuralt and Marya McLaughlin, who had come to do a special show on the First Family during Christmas time of 1971:
Most remarkable … is the spectacle of a nattily dressed Richard Nixon romping on the sitting-room floor with his dogs, King Timahoe, an Irish setter, Vicky, a gray miniature poodle and Pasha, a Yorkshire terrier.”
A Fixture in the Nixon White House
Vicky had the distinction of attending Tricia’s White House wedding. She sat with King Timahoe and Pasha, all wearing flowered collars and watching the events.
Vicky could also be spied spending time with President Nixon alone. On one occasion, Vicky was seen to nap in the soon-to-be notorious room where tape recordings captured conversations pertaining to Watergate.
The night before Nixon resigned from office, Vicky curled up on an ottoman beside him, perhaps bringing a certainly troubled man some comfort.
Vicky died in 1976.