the next presidential pooch, Patton the Goldendoodle

The Inaugural Pet

In Dogs, history of pets, Pet Industry, Presidential Pets, Uncategorized by Cara Armour2 Comments

Trump Doesn’t Have a Pet

The President Elect will be sworn in and he won’t have a dog by his side. President Obama didn’t either but he mentioned in his inaugural speech a promise to his daughter’s that they would get one. It took him two months but Obama delivered; first they got Bo, their male Portuguese Water dog, then upon reelect 4 years later, Sonny a female.

Bo was an excellent First Dog for the First Family. He enjoyed growing up in front of America. His sidekick sister Sonny, ruffled a few feathers and even knocked over a toddler. Yes she also broke skin when she bit one of Malia’s friend’s faces very recently when the 18 yr old went in for a hug and a kiss. Sonny’s behavior is a discussion for another day, today I want to discuss who we think Trump will share the White House with?

The Obama’s (c) (Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images)

A First Dog, a First Cat or a First What?

We’re not even sure Trump will get an animal, news reports have mentioned from around Thanksgiving time that Patton the Goldendoodle might become a friend of Trump’s son Barron. Supposedly named after George Patton, a World War II general that it has been said Trump admires. If he doesn’t, it will break a 150 year streak the White House has enjoyed by always having the pitter patter of someone’s paws, or even hooves in the house.

presidential goldendoodle Patton

Patton, a 9-week-old Goldendoodle who may or may not become the nation’s first dog. (Courtesy of Lois Pope)

What Does it Matter if the President Has a Pet?

Every president except James K. Polk and Andrew Johnson have had pets for at least part of their term in office. According to a Washington Post article  on November 25, 2016, “Aside from the possible physical and psychological benefits they’ve bestowed on first families, presidential pets have for decades served to soften the president’s image and garnered positive White House news coverage.”


Trump could certainly use that to his advantage while he is blowing up Twitter, pets are still dominating the digital world with more popularity in posts than politics. He could certainly gain a few more friendly followers if he had a furry friend by his side.

What animal do your think Trump should share the White House with – or not? Does breaking the 150 year tradition really affect anything? He already will be the only president in our history that does not have any political or military experience. Mr. Trump is also the oldest and richest president to ever be sworn into office according to the Washington Post. Maybe he’ll continue to break the norm, all we can do is wait and see.

Drop us a line on our social medias and let us know with what kind of pet you think our new President Trump should share his new pad.



  1. You’re very brave to bring a discussion about the presidential family onto your blog…!

    Three points:
    Though having a pet is a nice touch, we should take into consideration the hectic and public life in the “People’s House” (travel, people coming and going) . First families probably need a pet nanny just as much as they need help for their children, as parents are on-the-go a lot! So no, I’m not sure I support the White House pet mystic.

    Aside from that, Trump has been recorded as not liking pets. I also read that Barron Trump (and his mother) won’t even move into the White House soon. Since, if anyone, they’d be the ones sharing the pet’s life, I don’t see a “first pet” in our future soon.

    Finally, if the son is anything like his father – narcissistic to the extreme – I hope for any animal’s sake that they decide against it.

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      I thought this was good to discuss given the facts that:
      a) If he doesn’t, which he most likely will not, it will break a 150 year tradition. I realize that all White House pets have pet nannies which is a great thing given the First Family travels, especially with this one not even potentially living in the White House.
      b) Pets are still more widely discussed/shared on social media than politics, I thought this would be a nice healthy discussion to talk about
      c) It could help his image if he did get a pet, but that is an opinion and I am curious to others. I think if he has a steady pet nanny which could be a good light on the pet care industry then so be it, but then it becomes more of the caretaker’s pet than his. Could there be a nice animal with which to fill the walls of our White House? Just because this president does not follow tradition should we not as Americans get to see the wiggly tail or vivacious activities of a kitty? Trump or not, that is still a house that could be enjoyed by a pet that would get some wonderful care and exercise; even a homeless pet could benefit!

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