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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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Rutherford B. Hayes Standing with his wife Lucy sitting and their dog Dot.  We have been to this site and stood on this spot….


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.  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!!!!!

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.

President Hayes was a man whom I deeply admire. He was wounded four times…… he had several horses shot out from under him in the Civil War.  A true gentleman whom his friends said became a wild man when he was in battle.  A true hero.

He was also a man of convictions.  HE stood for what he believed in.  While at the White House he weighed everything they did since he felt they set an example for the country and thus while he was in the White House alcohol was not served.  He did not mind drinking but he felt the majority of people in the United States did not look favorably upon drinking so he felt they should set an example.

mrs. hayes nursing troopsHis wife, Lucy Hayes was a wonderful woman. The first First Lady to have a college education she loved humans and animals deeply.  While her husband was in the war she followed him in camp and she spent endless hours helping soldiers who were wounded.  She nursed them, was there holding their hands as they were operated on, had amputations and she tried to help them get messages home.  A truly wonderful woman who was deeply loved by the troops in the war she was called the “mother of the regiment.”


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……

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