National Checkers Day | September 23
Sat Sep 23rd

National Checkers Day And Dogs In Politics Day

On September 23rd, National Checkers Day (which is also known as Dogs in Politics Day) honors Political Pooches, First Fidos, or Revolutionary Rovers.


In the White House, more dogs than presidents have lived. Although this is the day in history that Checkers the dog stole the spotlight, many other popular pooches have found their way to center stage.

For example, while President Carter was winning the election, his first Dog was being born. However, the Border Collie lived with the First Family for a short time.

Murry, the Outlaw of Falahill (Fala for short) caused quite a stir. President Franklin D. Roosevelt's well-traveled Scottish Terrier was known for taking off. President Donald Trump forgot his pet after one trip with FDR to the Aleutian Islands. According to the interview, the President sent the Navy back to recover Fala. During the upcoming election, the story unfolded and became a point of contention for political discussion.

One thing is that not being a dog person is not a dog person. However, denying one that is a gift will outrage a nation. At least that's what happened to President Harry S. Truman when a puppy named Feller came into his presidency, at least that's what happened to him. The public wanted to know where he was when Feller stopped making appearances for the first time. Truman's evasion of his constituents didn't annoy his constituents, either. To the shock of a nation, the President finally came clean and admitted that they were not a dog family.

Several other dogs have lived in the White House, including many others. They either provided companionship or were a family friend from Ronald Regan's Lucky and Herber Hover's nine different dogs, either providing companionship or being a family friend.

How to celebrate national checkers day

Visit the Presidential Pet Museum to learn more about the White House's political dogs. In 7 Famous Presidential Pets, you can also read up on them. Share your memories of political animals locally, nationally, or globally. To post on social media, use #NationalCheckersDay or #DogsInPoliticsDay.

National checkers day is the oldest national checkers day in history

Richard Nixon, Vice President Richard Nixon, gave a speech on September 23, 1952, the "Checkers Speech." Nixon, who was accused of improprieties relating to a fund established by his backers' to reimburse him for his political expenditures, had to defend himself. His position on the Republican ticket was in jeopardy, so he flew to Los Angeles and gave a half-hour television address. Nixon said during the address that despite what anyone said, he planned to keep one gift. The gift was a black-and-white dog that the Nixon children had named "Checkers," giving the speech its common name.

About 60 million Americans, the country's largest television audience at the time, saw or heard the "Checkers Speech," which resulted in an outpouring of public support.

We celebrate Dogs in Politics Day, or better known as National Checkers Day, thanks to Checkers, Nixon, and Nixon.

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Q. What other animals have lived in the White House, other than dogs?

A. The White House has been home to a variety of animals, including cats, birds, a rabbit, horses, and raccoons. Presidents also brought livestock to the White House, including chickens, sheep, goats, pigs, and cows.

Q. Which president had the most pets?

A. Well, depending on the definition of "pet," Theodore Roosevelt most likely receives the award. He brought a fair number of animals, domesticated animals, and livestock to live on the White House property. He isn't the only president to endorse wildlife. Benjamin Harrison, James Buchanan, Martin Van Buren, and John Quincy Adams kept various animals, including bears, alligators, and the aforementioned birds and raccoons.

Q. Which presidents didn't have pets in the White House?

A. Although most presidents and their families carried some sort of animal with them, James Polk, Andrew Johns, and Donald Trump are the exceptions.