George and Laura Bush Just Adopted a Puppy From Their Local Animal Shelter

Photo credit: George W. Bush

World, meet little Freddy Bush — who started off life being abandoned at a dump site in Dallas, and just got adopted by a former president and first lady.

That former president is, of course, George W. Bush, who on Monday  posted the sweetest, loveliest message about Freddy on Facebook:

Laura W. Bush and I are thrilled to introduce the newest member of our family, Freddy Bush. We visited the SPCA of Texas‘ Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center last Tuesday to thank them for their great work – and came home with a puppy. We already love him, and even our cats Bob and Bernadette are finding Freddy’s charm futile to resist. If you could use a little extra joy in your life, consider adopting a pet from an animal shelter or rescue group.

Laura Bush cuddled a kitten at the SPCA of Texas, too.

Since you’re probably curious: The George W. Bush Presidential Center’s website has some notes on Bob Bush the cat’s history.

Photo credit: George W. Bush Presidential Center
Photo credit: George W. Bush Presidential Center

Bob, the site says, was  “found on the ranch in Crawford and was rescued by President and Mrs. Bush in the summer of 2011. Formerly homeless, Bob now comfortably resides in Dallas. He enjoys playing with lizards, but he especially loves to search for the sunniest spot in the house to take a long catnap.”

Photo credit: George W. Bush
Photo credit: George W. Bush

Sounds like you’ve got a great life ahead, Freddy Bush — and don’t feel pressured to run for office if it’s not your bag, but we’ll certainly cover your run if you do decide to get into the family business.

These days we may have plenty to fight about, as far as politics goes, but we can all agree that adoption is the best policy.

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Arin Greenwood

Arin Greenwood is an animal writer based in St. Petersburg, Florida. Previously, she was animal welfare editor at The Huffington Post. Arin is a former lawyer (J.D. from Columbia Law School, member of the New York Bar), life long animal lover, pit bull advocate, and devoted fan of cats and dogs who run for public office. Her first novel, Tropical Depression -- based on her five-odd, sometimes very odd, years living on a small island near Guam -- was published by teeny indie publisher Back Porch Books in 2011. Her second book, a comic young adult mystery called Save The Enemy, was published by Soho Teen in November 2013. Hello From Dog Island!, Arin's third book, will be published by Soho Teen in 2018. Know a shelter with a great, innovative program? Have another animal story to share? Get in touch at!


  1. Kate says:

    Freddy is adorable. Curious as to his mix. Don’t think he’s going to be too huge. Still has to grow into those feet. I’m sure the cats will make sure he learns the rules. Thank you for the adoptions and for promoting fostering & adoption. (We’d take in a couple, but we have 3 cats who were born in the house after their mom became what I call a “refugee” from the neighbors’; unfortunately, lost her last year to a sarcoma[age 14+]. Her “kids” are now almost 15 1/2 yrs.)

  2. Patty Chandler says:

    Thank y’all for saving this hopeful puppy life , Freddie will forever be grateful to you all….be kind for he is a canine…

  3. Donna Ortner says:

    Thank you. You definitely changed the life of that sweet dog by adopting him. Wish there were no puppy mills, or pet stores so the “only” place to adopt would be the shelters.
    There’s SO many Furbabies that need a home. God bless you for adopting, hope this can and will serve as a Role model for others.
    Thank you.

  4. Judy says:

    Blessings to President and Mrs Bush for adopting the wonderful puppy and giving a homeless feline a home. Blessings upon you and all who adopt homeless pets.

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