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"First Dog" from Bush Presidency remembered

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News & AP) - Former President George W. Bush and wife Laura are remembering their dog Barney who wandered the halls of the White House and greeted many important guests.

Statement by President George W. Bush on the passing of Barney Bush:

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 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.

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