Former First Dog Barney Bush, RIP (2000-2012)

Portrait of Barney Bush by President George W. Bush

Portrait of Barney Bush
by President George W. Bush

Barney, the Scottish Terrier that lived in the White House with President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush, passed away on February 1, 2013, after a battle with lymphoma. Born on September 30, 2000, Barney was the offspring of Coors Whitman (owned by Former EPA Director and New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman). His father was Kelly of Champion Motherwell Stormwarning. His canine survivors include his niece Miss Beazley (by his half-brother Clinton), who resides with President and Mrs. Bush.

President Bush issued the following statement:

Laura and I are sad to announce that our Scottish Terrier, Barney, has passed away. The little fellow had been suffering from lymphoma and after twelve and a half years of life, his body could not fight off the illness.

Barney and I enjoyed the outdoors. He loved to accompany me when I fished for bass at the ranch. He was a fierce armadillo hunter. At Camp David, his favorite activity was chasing golf balls on the chipping green.

Barney guarded the South Lawn entrance of the White House as if he were a Secret Service agent. He wandered the halls of the West Wing looking for treats from his many friends. He starred in Barney Cam and gave the American people Christmas tours of the White House. Barney greeted Queens, Heads of State, and Prime Ministers. He was always polite and never jumped in their laps.

Barney was by my side during our eight years in the White House. He never discussed politics and was always a faithful friend. Laura and I will miss our pal.

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