President George H.W. Bush’s dog Millie is one of the most famous presidential pets.
The English springer spaniel “wrote” Millie’s Book: As Dictated to Barbara Bush, which reached the top spot on the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list in 1992.
In the book, Millie describes a day in her life living with President and Barbara Bush at the White House, including attending morning briefings and afternoon meetings in the Oval Office combined with short breaks for squirrel hunting.
Millie was also famous for the prominent mention the president gave her during his bid for re-election. “My dog Millie knows more about foreign affairs than these two bozos,” Bush said, referring to his opponents Bill Clinton and Al Gore.
Named for Mildred Caldwell Kerr, a longtime friend of the Bushes, Millie has the distinction of being the mother of two other White House pets: Ranger (often called Bush’s favorite dog) and also President George W. Bush’s dog Spot.
Millie was portrayed in several TV shows during the 1990s, including Murphy Brown, Wings and Who’s the Boss. She also made a cameo appearance in an episode of The Simpsons.
Millie died of pneumonia in 1997 at age 12. The 15-acre Millie Bush Bark Park, which opened in 2004 on the west side of Houston, is named after her.