Barney, the beloved dog of 43rd U.S. President George W. Bush, has passed on to the greatest White House of all. Having celebrated his 12 birthday on September 30, Barney was approximately his late 70s in dog years when he died of a deadly and rapidly spreading canine cancer.
Bush posted this February 1 statement on his official Facebook page:
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 my eight years in the White House. He never discussed politics and was always a faithful friend. Laura and I will miss our pal.
Overnight, tens of thousands of well wishers left sympathy comments and forwarded the Bush announcement about Barney’s passing.
White House watchers will remember Barney Bush’s antics, romping with his younger sister and fellow Scottish Terrier Miss Beazley in photo ops and videos. Barney gained notoriety when he bit a member of the official press corps. The peppy black pooch was born in the fall of 2000 to Coors, owned by Christine Todd Whitman, former New Jersey Governor and director of the Environmental Protection Agency during Bush’s first term in the White House.
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