Donald Trump might be the first president without a dog after an adoption of a golden doodle puppy fell through.
Lois Pope, philanthropist and long time friend of Donald Trump was in charge of finding Trump the ideal presidential dog.
Pope searched far and wide and found the perfect 8-week-old pup, Patton. She named him that after Trump’s favorite military hero.
Pope told NY Daily News, “He’s a great dog. He’s intelligent. He doesn’t forget things. You tell him ‘no’ once, and he stays put,” Pope said. “Even ladies like him because he doesn’t jump all over them.”
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Pope was completely prepared to hand over the chosen dog until something unexpected happened.
“I couldn’t sleep, and the reason I couldn’t sleep was because I fell in love with the dog,” she told The Post. “I thought, what am I going to do? I’m going to have to get him another dog.”
When the Trump family arrived in Florida, where Pope resides, she went to visit the President elect.
“I walked over to him, through the Secret Service, and I told him, ‘Donald, I’m sorry. You can’t have Patton,’ ” she said.
Trump wasn’t as disappointed as Pope predicted. He was having second thoughts about taking the dog.
“Donald said, ‘But, Lois, I can’t take the dog. He said, ‘Look at what I do. I’m here, I’m in New York, I’m in Washington. What am I going to do with the dog?’ And I said, ‘Well, you can’t have him!’
Pope and Trump argued for some time on the subject but eventually everyone got exactly what they wanted.
“What a relief! Introducing a dog into a family is not an easy thing to do. When I was potty-training him, he made a few mistakes. I’m sure they wouldn’t like that at Trump Tower.”
The Trump family doesn’t have a history of keeping pets in the home, not even a goldfish and there isn’t any indication a 4-legged friend will be jumping around the halls of the white house anytime soon.
David Baker, the co-owner of the Presidential Pet Museum told the Huffington Post “There are only a few administrations that didn’t feature any pets at the White House. Martin Van Buren had a couple of tiger cubs that got sent to the zoo. Other than that, he didn’t have dogs or cats or anything like that.”
Andrew Jackson was another president without a pet, besides the pesky mice lurking in his bedroom at night. Jackson befriended these unwanted guests by feeding them scraps of food.
Trump may never get a pet but if he follows the advice of Harry S Truman, he might want to. Truman once said, “if you want a friend in Washington, get a pet.”