Contribuited by Paula Richards
From dogs and cats to sheep grazing on the lawn animals have long been part of life at the White House, but the early twentieth century saw the two largest and most varied critter populations.
Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909) and his family had a collection of the feathered and furred which included: dogs, cats, a pony, guinea pigs, a pig, chickens, a badger, a rat and a Macaw. Amongst them was Slippers, a six toed diva of a cat who would sleep
on the floor during banquets refusing to move for mere humans.