Barry H. Landau, who was Assistant Chief of Protocol in the Ford White House, is a longtime student and historian of the Presidency who, in the last half-century, has met almost every pet kept at the White House. In this Associated Press article (from the Fort Collins Coloradan) he talks about the White House’s canine residents of the last half-century, right up to Bo, the Portuguese water dog who arrived this month. Among the animals discussed is a dog who, though he never lived at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, is inseparably linked to the 37th President, and that celebrated cocker spaniel’s successor:

Landau met [Checkers] during [Richard Nixon’s] vice presidential campaign. But it was another Nixon dog, King Timahoe, who was Landau’s true friend.