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Hot Topic | November 13th, 2020

This January when President-Elect Joe Biden takes up residence at the White House, he will be joined by his two German Shepherds Champ and Major. The future First Pets will join a long line of furry and not-so-furry friends that accompanied past presidents to the White House. While the Biden’s dogs likely won’t raise many eyebrows, several past presidents kept pets that were a little more on the wild side. This notably includes Theodore Roosevelt whose menagerie included a lizard, a pig, a badger, a hyena and a pony, among others. Other notable presidential pets included Thomas Jefferson’s grizzly bear cubs and Calvin Coolidge’s pet raccoon named Rebecca.

The takeaway here is that the real animal house is 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

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