Why Does Donald Trump Not Have A Pet?
The Obamas have Bo and Sunny. George W. Bush’s family had Barney, Miss Beazley, Spot and India. The Clintons had Socks and Buddy.
Just about every U.S. president since the mid-1800s has had four-legged or feathered family members in the White House. Along with dogs, cats, horses and birds, some have had rather unusual pets, like alligators (Herbert Hoover), raccoons (Calvin Coolidge) and a flying squirrel (Teddy Roosevelt).
But for the first time since the presidency of James Polk (who was an avid horseman) nearly 170 years ago, Donald Trump will bring no pets with him to the White House when he becomes the 45th President of the United States in January. (Assuming he actually does move into the White House.)
In fact, there are no records of Donald Trump ever having had a pet. Don’t believe that fake news story about him tweeting during “risky surgery” on his yellow lab, “Spinee.” There is no Spinee, and besides, we all know Trump has been way too busy tweeting about illegal voters, flag burners and “Hamilton” hecklers to take time to focus on a dog.
Speaking of dogs, Trump sure likes to use them in negative metaphors (e.g., “fired like a dog;” “begging for money like a dog;” “cheated on like a dog”) that make it very clear he’s never actually been around a canine.
A Pet Could Be Good for Trump—and the Rest of Us
Studies have shown—and anyone who’s ever had one will probably agree—that pets help relieve stress by lowering our blood pressure and increasing our feel-good hormones. Would having a dog or cat make Trump less inclined to go on those frequent Twitter tirades? Possibly.
If Trump is anything like his trophy-hunting older sons, who apparently only view animals as prizes to be collected, perhaps having a living, breathing, cuddly pet to care for would change his attitude.
Having a pet could also help improve Trump’s image, as the Washington Post points out. His image as far as animals are concerned needs all the help it can get. Before the election, the Humane Society of the United States, which is nonpartisan and rarely endorses a presidential candidate, warned that Trump would be “a threat to animals everywhere.”
Although Trump has never had a pet, he may receive one as a gift. Bo Obama was a present from Teddy Kennedy. JFK’s Pushinka, daughter of one of the first dogs to be sent to and return safely from space, was a gift from Nikita Khrushchev.
Imagine this scenario: Trump’s buddy Vladimir Putin sends him a Borzoi puppy as a White House-warming gift. In the middle of the night, Trump is sitting at his desk in the Oval Office, reading his Twitter feed as the puppy dozes in his lap. Suddenly Trump sees a tweet—with 10,000 likes—from a reporter who has fact-checked one of his outrageous claims.
As Trump jumps up to retrieve the nuclear launch code, the puppy blocks him, licking his face so hard that it fades to a natural color. Trump’s endorphin levels skyrocket. “Bad!” he says to the puppy, giggling as he gives him a gentle hug. “Bigly bad!”
Yep, it’s really not all that far-fetched that a calm-inducing pet in the White House could even help prevent a nuclear disaster. Sad!