Herbert Hoover with Weegie, 1936.
Lou Henry Hoover with Weegie and Pat, 1932.
Hoover Family Pets
WHITE HOUSE PETS
Big Boy, wirehaired fox terrier. Arrived as a Christmas present from someone in Virginia, Christmas, 1929. Given to the sons of George Akerson, one of Hoover’s secretaries.
Craigwood Padrick (Patrick), a wirehaired Irish Wolfhound. Presented to Lou Henry Hoover on March 30, 1929 by Mrs. Norwood B. Smith, a former schoolmate. A newspaper clipping described Patrick as “sensitive, shy and shaggy, claims Mrs. Hoover as his closest friend.” Lou Hoover gave the dog to a Colonel Brown in 1933.
Craigwood Seamrog (Shamrock), a wirehaired Irish Wolfhound? Given to Lou around December 1930 by Mrs. Norwood B. Smith, apparently because Patrick was too shy around strangers. In June 1931, after Shamrock became aggressive around strangers and bit a Marine guard at Camp Rapidan, Lou gave him to a soldier at Ft. Myer who volunteered to take him.
Ch. Inglehurst Gillette (Gillette), a Gordon Setter, prizewinner at the Madison Square Garden show. Presented to Herbert Hoover by William J. Donnovan on Inauguration Day. Shortly afterward, he was given into the custody of Dr. Mann, superintendent at a nearby Zoo, apparently because the dog barked too much. Gillette was photographed with the other White House dogs and received tags in the summer of 1930. Subsequent fate unknown.
King Tut, a Belgian Police Dog [Malinois?]. Herbert Hoover’s favorite. The Hoovers got him from a friend around 1922, when he was one or two years old. Tut moved with them to the White House but was unhappy, so the Hoovers sent him back to their former S Street house which had been rented by Connecticut Congressman Walcott and family. The Hoovers did not make his death in October 1929 public for several months to avoid a deluge of donated dogs.
Ole & Olay, Norwegian Elkhound puppies. Listed in newspaper clippings with White House dogs receiving dog tags in 1932. No other information.
Pat, a German Shepherd or Belgian Malinois. Gift to the Hoovers in May 1930 from Captain Charles J. Mabbutt of Fort Benning, Georgia as a replacement for King Tut. Pat liked to patrol the White House grounds. He went to Palo Alto with the family after Hoover's presidency.
Pekie Chu, a Pekinese that appears on a White House list of dogs, listed as owned by C. R. Train. No date or other information.
Ronnie Av Glitre (Weegie) a Norwegian Elkhound puppy was given by the American Elkhound Association in February 1931 to replace King Tut. He went to Palo Alto with the Hoovers after the presidency and was originally named “Norway” or “Norrie” for short. The name was changed to "Weegie" by granddaughter Peggy Ann Hoover. He was given to family friend Elizabeth Hanna about 1941. AKC # 929110
Ch. Southboro Markham (Mark), an English Setter presented to Hoover in September 1929 by family friend Mr. D. C. Kok of Palo Alto, California. The dog was a national and international champion.
Whoopie, a Schnauzer given to the Hoovers by Frances Dillmann of Chicago in March 1929. Since Whoopie was unhappy with life in the White House, Lou gave the dog to Mrs. Norwood Smith, who gave her to Patrick(?).
Yukon, a Siberian Husky. A 1929 gift from Fairbanks, Alaska. He didn’t adjust well to the warm Washington climate and was sent to Canada during the summer months. He was given to a friend living in a cooler climate. AKC #765694Billy Possum, a wild opossum that strayed onto White House grounds. Adopted by the Hoovers, it was kept in the pen built for the Coolidges' raccoon. Billy was adopted by a Maryland high school that had recently lost their opossum mascot.
Clippings: Police Dogs and Setters Displace Collies and Chows in White House Kennel,
New York Herald Tribune, June 30, 1929
HH Papers: PPF: Requests for Presidential Congratulations, Condolences . . .: U to V:
Letter from Robert Venemann regarding Billy Possum
Kitty (?), a Persian cat given to Lou shortly after the inauguration. Was reported to have "the freedom of the corridors" in the White House. Subsequent fate unknown.
Caruso, a pedigreed "roller canary." Given to Lou in early 1929 by his breeder, Mrs. P. E. McCoy of San Francisco. Lived at the White House and returned to California with the Hoovers in 1933. Died in late 1940 or early 1941.
When Herbert Hoover was in charge of the United States Food Administration he wrote a friend and described his family this way: “We have in our family 2 small boys, 1 dog, 2 cats, 11 goldfish, 1 canary, 3 frogs, 14 chickens, 2 turtles, 1 rabbit.”
Allan's Alligators: Kept in the S Street bathtub sometime in the early 1920s. They were donated to the Smithsonian Zoo.
Sunny Boy, a pedigreed cat, which won second prize in the Washington Cat Club competition in February, 1927. Lou got him from Mrs. Whittemore in late 1926 or early 1927. There is no evidence that Sunny Boy lived at the White House. No further information.
Bellhaven Behoover (Glen) a Collie (son of Ch. Bellhaven Braveheart, grandson of Ch. Starbat Strongheart and Ch. Bellhaven Blossomtime). Gift to Lou from Florence B. Ilch, owner of Bellhaven Collie Kennels of Red Bank, New Jersey in November 1928 at the age of eight months. There is no evidence that Glen went to Washington after the inauguration.
Cat, a Siamese. Herbert Hoover had this cat with him in his suite at the Waldorf-Astoria., circa 1960.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Herbert Hoover Papers:
Lou Henry Hoover Papers: Subject Files:
George Akerson Papers: Scrapbook
Photograph Collection Index: Dogs
Newspaper Clippings Files:
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum