Thursday, February 21, 2008

Presidential Pets

President Benjamin Harrison's most recognized pet was a goat named His Whiskers. Below is a photograph of His Whiskers pulling President Harrison's grandchildren about the White House grounds in a goat cart.

One particular day, His Whiskers decided to explore more of the city and darted through the White House gates, pulling the children behind him. President Harrison, who had been waiting for his carriage, took off after the run-away goat. The President made quite a sight—frock coat flying, cane waving—as he raced down Pennsylvania Avenue, yelling for His Whiskers to stop. President Harrison never did catch His Whiskers, who eventually tired of the game and stopped of his own accord.

Photgraph courtesy of the Library of Congress, Frances Johnston - photographer

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