Former First Dog Barney Bush Passes Away From Lymphoma

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It's a sad day for the Bush family. According to Dallas News, beloved former first dog Barney Bush has passed away at the age of 12 after battling with lymphoma.

Barney was a black Scottish Terrier, and spent much of his time in the White House running around the Oval Office. Former President George W. Bush credited Barney for comforting him after his scary pretzel incident, saying, "I hit the deck and woke up and there was Barney and Spot showing a lot of concern." Barney even had his own film series in which he gave people tours of the White House, which can still be viewed on their website.

Bush announced the tragic news today, stating the following in a news release:

"After twelve and a half years of life, his body could not fight off the illness. 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. 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."

In addition to the news release, Bush also shared an oil painting of Barney that he created.

Barney is survived by his adopted sister, Miss Beazley, and Bob the cat.

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Jean Gallo

awww RIP Barney

February 01 2013 at 7:38 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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