President George W. Bush holds his dog Barney after arriving in Waco, Texas, in this December 26, 2007 file photo. Former first dog Barney Bush, the black Scottish terrier who romped on the White House grounds in George W. Bush s time there, has died at age 12, the former president said in a statement. The playful pooch had been suffering from lymphoma.
Barney played a starring role in the presidential mansion, notably in BarneyCam holiday specials featuring footage from a camera that caught a dog s eye view of senior aides like Karl Rove. He was also a reliable fixture on the White House website.
Bush announced his dog's passing in a statement:
Laura and I are sad to announce that our Scottish Terrier, Barney, has passed away. 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.
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.
Barney Bush, as painted by former president George W. Bush
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. Barney greeted Queens, Heads of State, and Prime Ministers. He was always polite and never jumped in their laps.
Barney was by my side during our eight years in the White House. He never discussed politics and was always a faithful friend. Laura and I will miss our pal.