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Former First Dog Barney Bush passes away at age 12
http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com ^ | february 1, 2013 | Tom Benning

Posted on 02/01/2013 4:10:55 PM PST by lowbridge

Former First Dog Barney Bush — a black Scottish terrier known for chasing golf balls and taking America on video tours of the White House — has passed away after a battle with lymphoma. He was 12.

Former President George W. Bush announced on Friday the passing of the “little fellow,” saying in a news release that “after twelve and a half years of life, his body could not fight off the illness.”

“Barney was by my side during our eight years in the White House,” said Bush, who also released Friday an oil painting he did of Barney. “He never discussed politics and was always a faithful friend. Laura and I will miss our pal.”

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1 posted on 02/01/2013 4:11:09 PM PST by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

Rest well Barn...faithful friend and pal.

What more could you ask for?


2 posted on 02/01/2013 4:14:04 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

First Doggie ping!


3 posted on 02/01/2013 4:15:53 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: tet68

Great, so now we get to miss the dog, as well.


4 posted on 02/01/2013 4:16:20 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: All

And now his watch has ended.


5 posted on 02/01/2013 4:16:30 PM PST by Peter Vollmer
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To: lowbridge

Awww, how sad. I really liked Barney and especially his Christmas tours.


6 posted on 02/01/2013 4:16:32 PM PST by MomofMarine
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To: lowbridge

Great dog, may he rest in doggie heaven. I remember once when he mingled amongst the reporters and W said, “Careful, Bareney, nothing’s off the record!”. Another time a reporter bent down to pet him and Barney bit him.


7 posted on 02/01/2013 4:16:52 PM PST by scottinoc
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To: lowbridge
Barney, 11-30-05
8 posted on 02/01/2013 4:18:43 PM PST by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: lowbridge

In 2004 the Republicns in our County passed out baggies with Milk Bones in them and a picture of Barney to all of the spectators who brought their dogs to the 4th of July float. My Golden Retriever walked along wearing a “campaign coat” that said Bush Cheney on it. My Golden (who is the same age as Barney) is in failing health too. This makes me sad.


10 posted on 02/01/2013 4:19:30 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: lowbridge

Always loved his Christmas videos. RIP buddy.


11 posted on 02/01/2013 4:19:50 PM PST by subaru
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To: lowbridge

God Bless you Barney..thank you for 12 years of outstanding service..rest in peace little guy


12 posted on 02/01/2013 4:20:04 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: lowbridge

I remember when he took a dump in front of the cameras while Bush was having a press conference at the ranch. He showed the press what he thought of them.


13 posted on 02/01/2013 4:20:20 PM PST by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: tet68

Looking at the pics at a link, Barney was truly a companion and loved. He was not a prop like BO’s dog and the Clinton’s Buddy whom you never see/saw. I wonder how Miss Beazley is taking it. I have 2 Dandie Dinmont Terriers getting up there in age and can’t stand the thought of one being left alone.


14 posted on 02/01/2013 4:21:21 PM PST by dandiegirl
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To: lowbridge

Is Obama going to have a barbeque in his honor?


15 posted on 02/01/2013 4:25:23 PM PST by kosciusko51 (Enough of "Who is John Galt?" Who is Patrick Henry?)
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To: dandiegirl

Dandie Dinmonts! I didn’t know anybody actually owned those. They are so cute in the dog shows! Lucky you.


16 posted on 02/01/2013 4:32:01 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: dandiegirl

Yes, that’s the tough part about accepting the unconditional
love they offer, but if it repays them just a little I’m
ok with it.

Miss Trooper my Plott hound, and Digger my Blue Heeler
best dogs I ever had.
Have three now, Shorty my Jack Russel and two of my
mom’s since she is in assisted living.

When Digger first started with diabetes she brought
Shorty home with her and he just stayed on.
He’s a funny dog, smiles a lot but is a deep thinker
too. We sometimes discuss string theory, and the
expanding universe and why females smell so good.


17 posted on 02/01/2013 4:38:40 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: dandiegirl

I’ll tell you what happened when my Schnauzer passed....They had a rubber tug toy that they used to play with together. It was sort of the outline of a bow tie.

The larger, younger dog would approach the sleeping Schnauzer and whack him with the end of the toy until he woke up and grabbed the other end, and then they’d chase around trying to pull it away from each other.

When Wolfie, the Schnauzer, did not come home from the vet and the Golden puppy saw my husband holding his empty collar, she let out the most pitiful wail. She was about 6 months old at the time. And she refused to ever pick up her favorite rubber tug toy again the rest of her life. (15 1/2 years)


18 posted on 02/01/2013 4:38:58 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: lowbridge

Barney was so dang cute!!


19 posted on 02/01/2013 4:38:58 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: lowbridge

Barney had lots of personality. Cute little guy, too.


20 posted on 02/01/2013 4:39:02 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: forgotten man
He showed the press what he thought of them.

Showed them what we all think of them.

21 posted on 02/01/2013 4:39:14 PM PST by GoldenPup
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To: tet68

You have a Plott Hound!?!

Is FRee Republic some kind of branch of the AKC? All these unusual breeds that never show up in real life represented here! I’m impressed.


22 posted on 02/01/2013 4:43:15 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

They are great dogs! We are on our second pair.


23 posted on 02/01/2013 4:47:59 PM PST by dandiegirl
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To: afraidfortherepublic

That is one of the saddest stories I have heard in a long time.

We had a basset whose older companion was put to sleep. He started wailing when his buddy was euthanized even though he was in another room. It was absolutely heartbreaking.

These wonderful creatures are of more worth than most people I know.


24 posted on 02/01/2013 4:49:01 PM PST by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: afraidfortherepublic

That just breaks my heart. I had read that if you show the dead dog to his companion and let them sniff, then they know that they are gone. We did that with our first pair. Maybe if kept him from waiting for her to walk in the door. Can’t stand it that your dog actually cried for him and never picked up that toy again. That is just heart wrenching.


25 posted on 02/01/2013 4:51:08 PM PST by dandiegirl
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Whatever you do, don’t ever get a Lakeland Terrier. Have had two of them. Craziest dogs in the world. Can’t even blame it on overbreeding, since they are strictly regulated. They just have something wrong with them in the head.


26 posted on 02/01/2013 4:51:28 PM PST by beandog (All Aboard the Choo Choo Train to Crazy Town)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Well, my grandmother on my father’s side was a Plott
from North Carolina and I always wanted one so when
one came up I grabbed him.
A beautiful brindle colored hound, he rode everywhere
with me.

I went to the Coon Dog cemetary over by Tuscumbia Miss.
once, way off the beaten track but well worth it.
Lots of Coon Champions buried there and other hounds too.
At the entrance is a statue of a coon up a tree with a
baying hound at the base. Most of the tombstones have
the dogs collars tied to them, a very quiet and peaceful
place. Wish I could have taken trooper there but we
buried him next to several other dogs so he wasn’t alone.


27 posted on 02/01/2013 4:53:22 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Kirkwood

My brother has a Scotty-their second one. Full of personality. He’s always telling me the hilarious things the dog does.


28 posted on 02/01/2013 4:53:36 PM PST by dandiegirl
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To: lowbridge
Dubya does oil painting?

Who knew?

29 posted on 02/01/2013 4:54:16 PM PST by what's up
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To: lowbridge

That’s not a bad oil painting President Bush did of Barney.


30 posted on 02/01/2013 4:54:35 PM PST by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: lowbridge

One of the finest creatures to ever live in the WH.

I’ve no doubt the Bush Family loved him dearly and mourn him like family


31 posted on 02/01/2013 4:56:04 PM PST by digger48
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To: lowbridge

I hear on FB

RIP Barney

Miss his Christmas videos they were $$$ back in Bush adminsiation


32 posted on 02/01/2013 4:57:54 PM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: tet68

I would love to go to that coon cemetery. I love hounds. As much as I love the Dandies, I think I will rescue a dog next time and have a Dandie.


33 posted on 02/01/2013 4:57:54 PM PST by dandiegirl
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To: afraidfortherepublic

damn blurry sceen...


34 posted on 02/01/2013 4:58:11 PM PST by digger48
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To: lowbridge

I hear on FB

RIP Barney

Miss his Christmas videos they were $$$ back in Bush adminsiation


35 posted on 02/01/2013 4:58:17 PM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: lowbridge

I hear on FB

RIP Barney

Miss his Christmas videos they were $$$ back in Bush adminsiation


36 posted on 02/01/2013 4:58:30 PM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Here is the url
http://www.coondogcemetery.com/

If you get a chance to read “Where the Red Fern Grows.”
It’s about aboy and his coon dogs.
I read it in the fall on the deer stand and when it
gets to the very sad end, my tears fall on the
dry leaves like rain.

My father was a country boy and had dogs like that
so it really means a lot to me.


37 posted on 02/01/2013 5:02:31 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: lowbridge
Barney and Miss Beasley planned a big Holiday Extravaganza at the White House! Video here. Features the late, great Tony Snow.

‪Barney Cam 5: Barney's Holiday Extravaganza‬

38 posted on 02/01/2013 5:03:05 PM PST by randita
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To: Doogle

The pictures are as if they were taken of “Baxter” my first scottie who died of a lymphoma at 8. I now have a wheaton scottie, “Duffee”, who is 10 and has recently gone deaf, but doesn’t appear to be botherd by his deafness and is very healthy otherwise. Last year I inheritated my Mother’s 10 year old blue healer “Daux” who is blind, he compleatly lost his sight about 18 months ago but copes very well and he also does not seem to be bothered by his loss of sight. Unlike Duffee, Daux is very intelligent and a problem solver.


39 posted on 02/01/2013 5:05:07 PM PST by duffee (NO poll tax, NO tax on firearms, ammunition or gun safes. NO gun free zones.)
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To: dandiegirl; Cowgirl of Justice

I didn’t mean to make you sad. The Golden puppy had a happy life. She was depressed for a day, or so, and then she became just a happy puppy. But, she wouldn’t play with the rubber toy. What’s more, she seemed to sense that he wasn’t coming back when my husband and Wolfie left for the vet. She chased them to the door and watched out the window as they left and kicked up a fuss — unusual.

What was so strange is tht she was used to Wolfie going places without her because he would go to the groomer and the vet all the time, and she would stay home. But she knew something was up the morning he went to the vet the last time. Probably because I was crying. But also because he was suffering from seizures and was on anti-seizure meds.

Unfortunately, he got worse after every seizure (despite all of our efforts to keep his system in balance) until he just wasn’t right any more. I have no doubt that the Golden could smell the imbalance in his system. At the end he tried to bite us and would stand right in front of you in the house and pee on your shoe.


40 posted on 02/01/2013 5:08:45 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: dandiegirl

I love Blue Heelers.
The one I had, Digger was the smartest dog I’ve ever
known. Sure would like to have another one.

I don’t go looking for dogs, they seem to find me
all on their own.


41 posted on 02/01/2013 5:09:58 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: lowbridge

Unlike the Clintons’ dog Buddy, who ended it all by jumping in front of a car.


42 posted on 02/01/2013 5:13:02 PM PST by Jeff Winston
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To: forgotten man

Yeah, and he bit a reporter from Reuters on one occasion. What a great dog.


43 posted on 02/01/2013 5:13:02 PM PST by ExNewsExSpook
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44 posted on 02/01/2013 5:13:28 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

That happened to me, too. I had a Papillon-Pomeranian mix brother and sister (Wicket and Willy). When I came home from the vet without Wicket but with her collar, Willy let out that horrible howl, too! I never heard such a terrible sound and had no idea he could even make such a sound. Hope I never hear it again!


46 posted on 02/01/2013 5:16:35 PM PST by MomofMarine
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To: MomofMarine

They are much smarter than we think...


47 posted on 02/01/2013 5:19:30 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: lowbridge

RIP Barney Bush.


48 posted on 02/01/2013 5:20:08 PM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Thanks for the ping. Could not find this thread. Posted a thread but it got pulled. As long as there is a thread.


49 posted on 02/01/2013 5:22:13 PM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: tet68

We had a blue tick hound once about 40 years ago. He was kind of an oaf but he loved his people. In our 45 years of marriage my wife and I have had beagles, bassets, a harrier, a schnauzer, dachshunds, a scotty, a red doberman, a wheaten terrier, a boston terrier, a boxer, eight pugs, and some of those had litters. We loved every last one of them.


50 posted on 02/01/2013 5:23:13 PM PST by beelzepug (Telling other people they need to die is a good way to get your own lamp blown out.)
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