No, Donald Trump doesn’t have a pet. Although there have been rumors indicating the contrary in the past, these have since been debunked.
No dog, no cat, no fish or reptiles of any kind – not even a pet rock. No cute, cuddly friend to hold tight and play with.
Here at the Presidential Pet Museum, we anticipate that will change once President-elect Trump gets inaugurated. Why do we think that? The last Commander in Chief without a dog was Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909). Every president since has had a tail wagging through the White House. Therefore, it seems all too likely that Trump soon will follow in their footsteps. The big question is: What breed will Trump pick?
- A Labrador, the All-American household staple dog?
- A German Shepherd, that can protect from all outsiders?
- Or how about a regal Poodle or Greyhound?
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The 2016 US election was not your typical one. Donald Trump will be the oldest and richest president to ever been sworn into office. Furthermore, the will be the only one without any political or military experience whatsoever. His wife, Melanie, will be the first First Lady to telecommute.
A lesser known fact is that Donald Trump will be the first president in 150 years who doesn’t own a pet. James K. Polk and Andrew Jackson are the only two presidents in US history to not have a pet for at least part of their term in office (that is, if you consider horses a pet).
Pets aren’t just beneficial for the possible physical and psychological effect they have on first families. Presidential pets also seem to soften the image of the president and are a source of positive news from the White House.
Especially in this day and age, where online animal content is bigger than ever, an absence of a pet doesn’t work in Trump’s favor.
Presidential pets haven’t always been your typical cat or dog. Martin Van Buren went for tiger cubs, Theodore Roosevelt and Thomas Jefferson owned bears, and Calvin Coolidge decided on a pygmy Hippopotamus. Recent presidents have been much more conventional, and their relationships with their furry friends have been received in a positive light.
In 1964, Lyndon Johnson’s beagles provided temporary relief from the constant coverage of the Vietnam War, when they made the cover of Life Magazine