Former First Dog Barney Dies

Barney (White House photo/file)
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DALLAS (February 1, 2013)—Barney, the 12-and-a-half-year-old Scottish terrier that belonged to former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura, has died of lymphoma, Bush announced in a statement posted Friday.

“Barney was by my side during our eight years in the White House,” Bush said.

“He never discussed politics and was always a faithful friend. Laura and I will miss our pal,” he said.

Barney frequently accompanied Bush on his trips to his ranch near Crawford.

Bush described Barney as a “fierce armadillo hunter” that enjoyed the outdoors and whose “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,” Bush said.

Barney greeted Queens, Heads of State, and Prime Ministers. He was always polite and never jumped in their laps,” Bush said.