Presidential pets

Abraham Lincoln’s cat Tabby was the first cat to live in the White house. Lincoln said his cat Dixies was more clever than his entire cabinet. Theodore Roosevelt had a one-legged rooster. A raccoon, Rebecca, was thought to humanize Mr. and Mrs.Coolidge. Herbert Hoover kept Billy, a stray opossum, in Rebecca’s cage. Nixon’s cocker spaniel, Checkers, may have saved his career, but Checkers never lived in the White house.