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Author Topic: "Pets at the White House" By Jennifer Boswell Pickens  (Read 2427 times)
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« on: November 02, 2012, 09:53:13 PM »

I think this would be a very interesting book. 

http://www.statesman.com/ap/ap/texas/pet-residents-of-white-house-focus-of-book/nSwJZ/
Pet residents of White House focus of book
November 2, 2012

DALLAS President George H.W. Bush had a problem so important he sent a memo to White House staff asking them to take a pledge. His dog, Ranger, was packing on the pounds.
"WE AGREE NOT TO FEED RANGER. WE WILL NOT GIVE HIM BISCUITS. WE WILL NOT GIVE HIM FOOD OF ANY KIND," the pledge read.
Bush ends his memo saying, "I will, of course, report on Ranger's fight against obesity. Right now he looks like a blimp, a nice friendly appealing blimp, but a blimp."
That memo, along with countless anecdotes and more than 200 pictures are featured in Dallas author Jennifer Boswell Pickens' new book, "Pets at the White House," which gives readers a glimpse of what life is like at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. for pets, and what those pets have meant to their famous owners.
"I think they all would agree 100 percent that they got a lot of comfort from their pets," Pickens said.
The coffee-table book devotes a chapter to each administration's pets from Kennedy to Obama. And an introduction gives an overview of the animals that were part of first families prior to 1961, which Pickens notes includes the array of pets cared for by Calvin Coolidge and his family, including Rebecca the raccoon, who walked on a leash.
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Inspiration for a book focused on pets came as Pickens was putting together her first book, "Christmas in the White House," which came out in 2009. Pickens, who worked as a staffer in the Texas finance office when George W. Bush was running for re-election and has worked as a consultant on various campaigns, turned to presidential libraries, old newspapers, first families and White House staffers as she put the book together.
"I think a lot of people have their own pets and a lot of people find comfort with their animals," said Pickens, who lives in Dallas with her husband, four young daughters and two dogs.

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T.Y., Brandi!


« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2013, 06:11:25 PM »



President Johnson "singing" with Yuki as the as U.S. Ambassador to Great Britian, David K. E. Bruce, watches


Yuki:

Yuki was a mixed breed dog found by President Johnson's daughter, Luci Nugent, at a gas station in Texas on Thanksgiving Day in 1966, while on her way to the LBJ Ranch. Luci named the dog "Yuki", which means "snow" in Japanese. At first, Yuki lived with Luci, but while visiting the White House, Yuki won the President's heart and became his faithful companion. On the President's birthday, August 27, 1967, Luci told her father that he could keep Yuki. When President Johnson left office on January 20, 1969, Yuki returned to LBJ Ranch with the President on Air Force One. After Johnson's death in January 1973, Yuki went to live with Luci Johnson Nugent and her family. Yuki died in 1979.
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« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2013, 06:12:44 PM »



President Johnson "singing" with Yuki as the as U.S. Ambassador to Great Britian, David K. E. Bruce, watches


Yuki:

Yuki was a mixed breed dog found by President Johnson's daughter, Luci Nugent, at a gas station in Texas on Thanksgiving Day in 1966, while on her way to the LBJ Ranch. Luci named the dog "Yuki", which means "snow" in Japanese. At first, Yuki lived with Luci, but while visiting the White House, Yuki won the President's heart and became his faithful companion. On the President's birthday, August 27, 1967, Luci told her father that he could keep Yuki. When President Johnson left office on January 20, 1969, Yuki returned to LBJ Ranch with the President on Air Force One. After Johnson's death in January 1973, Yuki went to live with Luci Johnson Nugent and her family. Yuki died in 1979.

Sorry, Muffy

http://www.lbjlib.utexas.edu/johnson/archives.hom/faqs/dog/doghouse.asp
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