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This President’s Day is All About Pets

By Kara Bednarik

FDR with his dog, Fala

President’s Day gives us an opportunity to reflect on the leadership of our great country and appreciate how far we’ve come. But what about the support that the presidents received while they were in the White House? We’re talking about their pets here. We all know that pets are truly the backbone to all great things. It’s only fair that we give them credit where credit is due.

In honor of President’s Day, we've compiled a list of Embraced pets with presidential names.

  • George Washington/ Washington – 3
  • Harrison – 23
  • Fillmore – 4
  • Lincoln – 93
  • Ulysses – 6
  • Cleveland – 4
  • McKinley – 9
  • Theodore Roosevelt/ Teddy Roosevelt/ Roosevelt – 11
  • Woodrow – 5
  • Calvin Coolidge – 1
  • Hoover – 2
  • Harry Truman/ Truman – 31
  • Kennedy – 11
  • Lyndon – 2
  • Nixon – 8
  • Ford – 6
  • Carter – 25
  • Reagan – 48
  • Clinton – 1
  • Obama/ Barack – 1

The State of Embrace: Noteworthy Stats for Presidential Names

  • The Embraced pets named Hoover are both Labrador Retrievers.
  • Embrace covered a total of 605 claims for pets named Lincoln in 2017 and paid a total of $99,984.78. Great Danes contributed 133 of these claims, totaling $40,145.16.
  • Only one pet named Roosevelt had a claim in 2017, a Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen who lives in – you guessed it – Washington DC.
  • Embrace covers three pets named Biden. One is a Domestic Shorthair cat with a pet-sibling named Obama.
  • There were 113 claims covered for pets named McKinley in 2017 for a total of $64,351.52.

Presidential Pet Points

  • Thomas Jefferson had bear cubs and a mockingbird at the White House.
  • Martin Van Buren was given two tiger cubs, but Congress made him give them to a local zoo.
  • John Quincy Adams was allegedly given an alligator. Having no clue what to do with it, he kept it in the East Room for several months.
  • Woodrow Wilson had a flock of sheep and ram on the White House lawn.
  • Warren Harding’s Airedale Terrier, Laddie Boy, had his own chair in the Roosevelt Room for Cabinet meetings.
  • Calvin Coolidge’s wife had a pet raccoon that she named Rebecca who walked on a leash.
  • Theodore Roosevelt had more than 30 pets in his time at the White House. Most notable was when his Bulldog, Pete, ripped the pants off the French Ambassador.
  • There currently aren’t any pets in the White House. This is the first time it has been pet-less since 1849 when James K. Polk was in office.
  • A statue of president Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Scottish Terrier, Fala, stands next to his memorial in Washington D.C. (Pictured)
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Pet health insurance is administered by Embrace Pet Insurance Agency, LLC and underwritten by one of the licensed insurers of American Modern Insurance Group, Inc., including American Modern Home Insurance Company d/b/a in CA as American Modern Insurance Company (Lic. No 2222-8), and American Southern Home Insurance Company. Coverage is subject to policy terms, conditions, limitations, exclusions, underwriting review, and approval, and may not be available for all risks or in all states. Rates and discounts vary, are determined by many factors, and are subject to change. Wellness Rewards is offered as a supplementary, non-insurance benefit administered by Embrace Pet Insurance Agency in the United States. © 2020 American Modern Insurance Group, Inc.  Wellness Rewards not available in Rhode Island.