As you may or may not be aware, Former President and Mrs. George W. Bush lost their beloved Scottish Terrier, Barney, this past week. Scottish Terriers have a typical lifespan between 12 and 15 years. Although Barney fell right within the lifespan, the poor dog had been suffering from lymphoma thus he was atypical in many ways.
The Former President spoke to The Huffington Post yesterday about the death of his Barney. The dog was twelve-and-a-half and was overwhelmed by the disease. Of course Bush will miss his dog and the time that they were able to be outside at the family ranch together; loving to accompany the Former President on whatever adventure was in store for that day.
Barney had also prided himself as being one of George W’s Secret Service Agents while the President and Mrs. Bush resided in the White House. Bush made the following statement to Luke Johnson of The Huffington Post about that aspect of his dog’s life: “Barney guarded the South Lawn entrance of the White House as if he were a Secret Service agent. He wandered the halls of the West Wing looking for treats from his many friends. He starred in Barney Cam and gave the American people Christmas tours of the White House. Barney greeted Queens, Heads of State, and Prime Ministers. He was always polite and never jumped in their laps. Barney was by my side during our eight years in the White House. He never discussed politics and was always a faithful friend. Laura and I will miss our pal.”
It is no wonder that the Bush family will have a hole that Barney had once filled. Scottish Terriers are known for their love, bravery, charm, and character. They are recognized as a dignified member of the dog community and excellent watchdogs, thus the Bush family need not have worried about intruders for their dog would have taken care of anyone that would have had a negative impact on his family!
Barney and George W. shared the same passions because Scotties are extremely sporty little dogs and love to go anywhere and everywhere that its human goes since they prosper with exercise. Thriving on praise, he certainly would have made an excellent right-hand-man for the Former President.
Scottish Terriers are prone to certain health issues, including mast cell tumors, but not specifically lymphoma. The breed is well-known and has been recognized by the AKC since 1885 so their health has been monitored over the past 128 years.
The nation of dog lovers will mourn with Former President George W. and Mrs. Laura Bush. We will always remember Barney for his stouthearted love and concern for the President while he served our country. We all know that Barney has crossed The Rainbow Bridge and is now romping and playing like Scottish Terriers are prone to do.