Retro Dogs: Buddy the Chocolate Lab - a White House dog who was a member of the Clinton family

Since the most popular topic this week is politics, I thought we'd take a look at a political dog. Well, maybe he wasn't really a political dog, but he was a dog who happened to live at the White House. Buddy was the Clinton family dog who lived at the White House from the time he was a puppy in 1997 until the Bush family moved into the White House in 2000, when Barney the Scottish Terrier became the next dog to live in the White House. 

While living at the White House, Buddy the dog and Socks, the Clinton family cat, weren't exactly BFF's, so they had to be kept apart. Doesn't Buddy look like he enjoyed his family and his time at the White House? While he didn't know the importance of the house he was living in, I'm sure he played an important roll in the life of the Clinton family. Dogs bring so much joy, they keep us active, they are associated with lower blood pressure, they make us laugh, and they bring out the fun child in all of us. By looking at the photos in the video, it's easy to see that Buddy brought the Clintons happiness, and the Clintons brought happiness to Buddy too. Thank you to SybilTheCat for creating that sweet video of Buddy for YouTube. For more information on Buddy, look here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddy_(dog)

While I mentioned above that politics is a popular topic, I should also mention that labs are popular dogs. In fact, the most popular dog breed in the United States, Canada, and the UK is the Labrador Retriever. Not only are they great family pets that love to learn, love to play, and love to give affection, but they are excellent working dogs too. The majority of guide dogs in the US are labs. Labs also make great detectives by using their sense of smell. 

To learn more about the lovable lab, look here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Labrador_Retrievers

Be sure to take a look at the 125 year old photo of a lab (on the right side of that page, near the bottom).