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Calvin Coolidge also had two other collies while in the white house.  Bessie a “yellow” collie (we now call this sable) and Ruby Rough a brown collie (which would be a mahogany sable). Try as I may I have not been able to find any pictures of these two collies.  Seems they were outshone by their two white family members.

The first mention of a Collie in the White House was of Benjamin Harrison’s Dash.  Below is his picture. I think he was probably a half-breed collie, but he does have collie in him by the looks of him.

In the 1890’s Dash was at the White House….









After the Coolidges had their collies Herbert Hoover then took over with several dogs including a collie named Glen.  I have found no pics of Glen but here is Herbert Hoover with his most famous dog, King Tut.












Next came Johnson in the 1960’s with his white collie named Blanco.  As far as I know unlike his hounds Johnson never picked his collie up by the ears.  Johnson should’ve had other ppl name his dogs… after all Him and Her, big beagle and little beagle are not great names but to each their own I guess. Below is a picture of Johnson with his White Collie, Blanco;

Thats it for collies in the White House.  Hopefully our next President will have a collie. :)

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ONe of our collies is named after him…. Here is Rutherford B. Hayes Standing with his wife Lucy sitting and their dog Dot.  We have been to this site and stood on this spot…. had our pictures taken there and have again today….

This is President Hayes’ son Scott with the family dog named Old Major. The picture is from the 1870’s. I think this dog looks part collie…..-


This film shown behind Rutherford B. Hayes Grave shows where his two Horses from the Civil War were buried.  Somewhere between the two grave is buried one of his dogs.  This film is by Stars1976.  Rutherford B. Hayes was wounded 5 times in the Civil War and was known for being a very brave soldier.  People who knew him were astounded by the transformation from a soft-spoken gentleman of culture to a daring, brave, fearless and almost a wild warrior without caution for his own safety during battle.  This is one of our favorite places to visit for it has so much history there.  We also feed the squirrels there by hand….


With the Squirrels at Spiegel Grove, the home of Rutherford B. Hayes.  They will come up and eat right out of your hand.  The grounds are used by joggers and those walking their dogs are more than welcomed here.  We saw Collies here!!!!!  Animals were deeply loved by the Hayes family and in his last State of the Union address he addressed the issue of kindness to animals.

His home had many animals living there and the grounds had lots of animals living there when it was his home also.  Off to the left of his home is his grave and his wife’s grave as well as Old Ned’s and Whitey’s graves. President Hayes was very fond of his animals family members and each of them is remembered someway in his writings.  Rutherford B. Hayes was President from 1877-1881 in a era when animals were not always valued.  At the Hayes home they were deeply loved. Hayes was a strict constructionist constitutionalist  in his running of the Government.  He fiercely fought to uphold its law.  HE was also a very forward looking President in that he had the first telephone in the White House, had Thomas Edison over to check out his latest invention the forerunner of the record player and had his voice recorded… the recording has since been lost…. He liked new innovations and also had the first typewriter.
Hayes also was the first to;

  • Hayes was the first president to take the oath of office in the White House.
  • Hayes was the first president to travel to the West Coast during his term as president.
  • Though other presidents served in the Civil War, Hayes was the only one to have been wounded – four times!
  • Hayes began the “Easter Egg Roll” for children on the White House Lawn (1878) – a tradition which still continues on the Monday after Easter.
  • Lucy Webb Hayes was the first wife of a president to graduate from college,
  • Lucy Webb Hayes was the first wife of a president to be called “First Lady”.
  • Hayes’ best known quotation – “he serves his party best who serves his country best.” Inaugural Address, 1877.
  • He also signed the executive order to have female attorneys appear before the Supreme Court the first time.
  • He also signed the law establishing equal pay for women employed by the Federal Government.

We were so moved by the story of this man and his family and life I named one of our Collies after him.

Niamh’s Misty Meadow Rutherford B. Hayes……  He lives up to his name being a gentleman yet when it comes to playing and mock wrestling he is fierce and brave.

Here is a computer colored picture of Rutherford B. Hayes…   more pictures from our trip there as soon as I get them on the computer….

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