Buddy was picked up by Bill Clinton at three months old in December 1997 and was named after Bill’s great-uncle who was a major influence in his life. He became First Dog of the United States, replacing Socks the Cat as the official White House pet. Socks was well-known for not getting along with the friendly Buddy and the Clinton’s had to keep them in separate quarters.
Sadly at four years old in 2002, Buddy was killed by a car as he chased a contractor at the home across the street. While not able to help, secret service agents were at the home at the time and the Clinton’s were not. The agents rushed Buddy to an animal hospital where he was pronounced dead. This has led to a conspiracy theories that his death was planned in order to garner sympathy for the Clintons at the time.
Hillary Clinton wanted a energetic dog to keep their aging labrador Seamus active and Tally the toy poodle mix was the result. Presidential Pets believes she is the small black-and-white dog often seen with Hillary, looks like a shih tzu/toy poodle mix and is around 6 years old as of 2016.
Socks Clinton (Cat)
The most famous of the Clinton family’s pets, Socks was born around 1989 and passed away in 2009. He served as First Cat of the United States from 1993-2001 and the First Cat of Arkansas from 1991-1992. He was adopted by the Clintons in 1991 when he jumped into the arms of daughter Chelsea Clinton as she was leaving her piano teacher’s house.
As First Cat, he often visited schools and hospitals in support of children. He was eventually forced to step down as First Cat when the Clinton’s got Buddy the labrador retriever, who took over as First Dog. Both Clinton’s have said Socks couldn’t stand Buddy, with Bill being quoted as saying “I did better with… the Palestinians and the Israelis than I’ve done with Socks and Buddy”. He spent his later years under the car of Bill’s secretary Betty Currie and due to failing health, he was euthanized in 2009.
Hillary Rodham Clinton is most famous for her role in American Politics. Her career started in law and included law positions in education and government. Married to Bill Clinton and mother to Chelsea Clinton, she became First Lady of Arkansas while still practicing law. When Bill Clinton became President in 1993 she became First Lady of the United States, where she took a very active role in public policy.
After Bill’s second term as president had ended in 2001, she successfully campaigned to become a New York Senator which continued until 2009. She unsuccessfully ran against Barack Obama for the democratic nomination in 2008. She then became the first female candidate to be nominated for president from the two major U.S. political parties, but lost against Republican Donald Trump in 2016. She has an estimated net worth of $32 million.