Former first dog dies: Barney, Bush dog dead at 12

By on Feb 2, 2013 in Animals, United States, World Comments
Former first dog dies-Barney Bush dog

Barney, Bush dog
Credit: Laura W. Bush/Facebook

Former first dog, Barney, of US President George W. Bush died at the age of 12 and a half years old.

Barney is a Scottish Terrier brought by Bush from Texas during his entire two-term stay at the White House. Reports say that his only other dog companion in his eight-year stay in Washington was Miss Beazley.

In memory of Barney, former US First Lady Laura Bush posted several photos of Barney on her Facebook page. The dog has played a big part in the former First Family’s celebration of several holidays at the White House. Barney has always been the center of attraction as the Bush family dressed him up during important events.

Meanwhile, former President Bush issued a statement to announce the death of his long-time friend. Below is the complete text of Bush statement published on Facebook.

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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