Miss Beazley, a Scottish terrier who was the pet of former President George W. Bush, passed away Saturday after a battle with lymphoma. The former White House dog was nine.
Miss Beazley (October 28, 2004 – May 17, 2014), was adopted as a birthday present for First Lady Laura Bush, and moved into the White House as a ten-week-old puppy in 2005. Laura Bush and daughters Barbara and Jenna named the new dog after a character from Oliver Butterworth’s 1956 children’s book, The Enormous Egg.
President Bush took to Facebook and Instagram to eulogize the beloved family dog – “This weekend our beloved dog, Miss Beazley, was put to rest after a battle with lymphoma. She was a source of joy during our time in Washington and in Dallas. She was a close companion to her blood relative, Barney. And even though he received all the attention, Beazley never held a grudge against him. She was a guardian to our cats, Bob and Bernadette, who – like @laurawbush and I – will miss her.”
Barney died in 2013 at the age of 12, also from lymphoma. Barney once made headlines after infamously biting Reuters news reporter Jon Decker’s finger in 2008. Barney was also once criticized by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who feels a world leader should own large dogs, not smaller breeds such as the Scottish Terrier.
Barney and Miss Beazley are both honored with a bronze sculpture featured in the George W. Bush Library.
White House pets have always been around. George Washington’s menagerie included American Staghounds named Sweetlips, Scentwell and Vulcan, Black and Tan Coonhounds called Drunkard, Taster, Tipler and Tipsy, a donkey named Royal Gift, a horse named Nelson and an unnamed parrot said to have been owned by First Lady Martha Washington.
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