Barney, Former White House Scottie, Dies at 12

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Thanks to a tiny video camera on his collar, Barney offered a dog-level holiday tour of the White House in 2002 while shuffling from room to room and menacing the Christmas tree.
The video starring President George W. Bush’s black Scottish terrier was a hit, drawing 24 million online tourists the first day. It also helped reopen the White House after it was closed to tourists the previous holiday season following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Bush and his wife, Laura, released a statement Friday saying their famous 12-year-old pooch had died after suffering from cancer.
“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,” George W. Bush wrote, adding a sweet tribute to his pet who “was by my side during our eight years in the White House. He never discussed politics and was always a faithful friend.”
“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,” the statement continues.
“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.
A burial is planned at the former president’s ranch in Central Texas, where Bush says Barney, “a fierce armadillo hunter,” loved to accompany him while fishing for bass.
Barney was the continuation of a Bush family tradition of presidential dogs begun by Millie, the springer spaniel brought to the White House by President George H.W. Bush and his first lady Barbara Bush. (AP)

I was never psycho about the man, but I always did love Barney. And Miss Beasley. Can you tell I grew up with Scotties?! To prove it, here is a photo of McDuff and McKinsey.

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