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Former First Dog, Barney Bush, Dies at 84 (In Dog Years)

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Barney, the beloved Scottish Terrier that graced the White House with his family, George W. and Laura Bush, from 2001-2009 has passed away. At almost 13-years old, the feisty best friend of the former First Family has finally lost his battle with lymphoma.

George W. Bush released the following statement to fans and friends via Facebook on Friday

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.

A loyal friend and faithful companion, Barney was by his family’s side during some of the toughest times in our country’s history.

You might remember the famous adventures of Barney and his Scottish Terrier neice, Miss Beazley during their time in office. Here’s a cute video the family made to celebrate their last Christmas in the White House in 2008:

The family will certainly need some time to heal after the loss of their very dear friend and loyal sidekick. May you rest in peace, little fella.

Fore more information, images, and video of Former First Dog, Barney, visit the White House archives by clicking here.

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  1. Avatar Of Dorenda Flanagan

    Dorenda Flanagan


    So sorry about Barney…..he will be waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge.

  2. Avatar Of Linda Rogers

    Linda Rogers


    President and Mrs. Bush,
    I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of Barney. Losing a furry friend is such a hard thing to deal with and I am so very sorry that you are having to deal with this. Please accept my deepest sympathies and I hope that you can find peace in your memories of him. I did love to watch his antics when you were in the White House.

    Linda A. Rogers
    Huntsville, AL

  3. Avatar Of J Dolan

    j dolan


    So sorry about your loss:( He will be waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge!!!!

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