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As you all know I love history.  One of the things I love to study is Presidents and their dogs……  One President which stands out to me is Warren G. Harding.  Not only is his history interesting but this guy was…. well…. unique to the Presidency in the last 100 years.  You see, we visited his house n Marion, OH and it was a average size victorian home no bigger than most two story farm houses I am familar with. We left feeling like this guy was a average Joe… which he sort of was.

What I personally like about Harding is that he loved animals.  He was a kind man who never had children of his own (despite rumors, it is now accepted he was sterile… so no children!).   I read about his life and he had a dog who adopted him when he was a child but unfortunately it liked Chickens and his uncle came over one day and grabbed it by the back legs and swung it into the edge of the corn crib killing it.  Harding was crushed……

He also had a dog when he first bought the Marion Star Newspaper.. someone poisoned it…. 😦   But, the man loved all animals and was kind to them and this endears him to me.  🙂

His most famous dog was Laddie Boy!  A Airedale.. Laddie Boy came to Harding the day after he entered the White House and lived in the White House, not some kennel. He was spoiled, treated like the child the Hardings never had.  He became a celebrity in his own rite for while the Hardings were wildly popular during their short time in the White House… Laddie Boy was even more so.

You see Laddie Boy had birthday parties where all the neighborhood dogs in Washington were invited for dog biscuit cake!  Laddie Boy met guests, visitors, led functions, had interviews with the press, led parades for the Humane Society in DC (the White House even had their Press Secretary make the announcement as if Laddie Boy had accepted himself!), was the center of attention at the WH Easter Egg Roll, had his own chair for Cabinet meetings and made headlines such as Laddie Boy trees cat!!!

As you may or may not know Warren Harding died a little over two years into his Presidency due to heart problems and flu that was complicated by pneumonia!

Whiel the Hardings were on that fateful trip, Laddie Boy was left at the White House.  Laddie Boy knew something was wrong…. it is said he howled for three days before Harding died and then after August 2, 1923  sat in the window waiting for him to come home…..

Harding’s wife was in ill health so when she came back to the White House she gave Laddie Boy to her Secret Service Agent Harry Barker who kept him until he died. Laddie Boy was born on July 26, 1920 and died on July 23, 1929.  While other dogs in the White House have proven popular, none have ever come close to the popularity of Laddie Boy.

Harding with Laddie Boy

Harding with Laddie Boy again….

Laddie Boy and Mrs. Harding

Laddie Boy hamming it up with Warren G. Harding

Laddie Boy with Harding and children…

HArding with Laddie Boy

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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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The Coolidge family with one of their white collies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

President Coolidge taking one of his white collies for a walk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two of the white collies with the President and his wife and surviving son. This would be Rob Roy and Prim Prudence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Coolidge with a White Collie and another of their dogs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

President Coolidge and his wife Grace  the White Collies. They loved animals and it is said that even Teddy Roosevelt’s family did not have as many animals as the Coolidges had.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ginger Says;  Now that I muddied up the couch I want to say,

 

KEEP COOL WITH COOLIDGE!   The White House needs another bunch of collies in there….. I’m voting for the candidate with a collie…. whats that Old Guy? No one running has a collie…. well you can give them me and I’ll go live at the White House.  Yeah, that would be great, servants, steak and trips to Georgie!

 

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Coolidge is normally known as a dour, stodgy type of guy who was no nonsense. Actually, he had a wicekd dry sense of humor and loved animals deeply. It is a little known fact that the Coolidge’s had more animals in the White House than anyone!!!  One of the neat things for me is they had white collies…. here are a few more new pictures I found ….

 

Coolidge and his wife with Prudence Prim and Rob Roy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coolidge with his Collie Rob Roy and another dog named Tiny Tim!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is Grace Coolidge’s official White House Portrait with Rob Roy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope you enjoyed these White Collies who lived in the White House almost 90 years ago. 🙂

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3c11377v The Coolidge family with one of their white collies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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President Coolidge taking one of his white collies for a walk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Two of the white collies with the President and his wife and surviving son. This would be Rob Roy and Prim Prudence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mrs. Coolidge with a White Collie and another of their dogs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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President Coolidge and his wife Grace with one of the White Collies and another dog of theirs. They loved animals and it is said that even Teddy Roosevelt’s family did not have as many animals as the Coolidges had.

 

 

 

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The official White House Portrait of First Lady Grace Coolidge and I believe it is Rob Roy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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