File - This Aug. 24, 1992 file photo shows President Bush, right, and first lady Barbara Bush walking with their dog Millie across the South Lawn as they return to the White House. (AP Photo/Scott Applewhite)
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WASHINGTON: Politically ambitious pups and kittens: Put your resumes aside. The job of first pet – an enviable White House gig with luxurious live-in privileges, after-hours access to the president and guaranteed positive press coverage – is not currently available.If Trump stays pet-free, he will be breaking with a long held tradition of presidential pet ownership.While there have been notable pets in the White House for generations, Millie was the first modern White House dog, Pickens said.Going back in White House history, some presidential pet stories get more outlandish.Another cat named Oreo recently died. And they just added two more pets to the household – puppy Harley and cat Hazel. Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney was dogged by criticism for admitting that during a 1983 family vacation, he strapped his Irish setter – in a pet carrier – to the roof of his car for a 12-hour drive from Boston to Canada.
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