Immortalized on canvas: Former White House pooch dies
February 1st, 2013
05:33 PM ET
5 years ago

Immortalized on canvas: Former White House pooch dies

(CNN) - President George W. Bush's Scottish Terrier Barney has died, the former president said in a statement Friday. He was 12 and had been suffering from lymphoma.

But Barney lives on, in a sense.

Bush painted an oil portrait of his pup, which his office posted online Friday. Within a half hour, it had drawn nearly 500 likes on Facebook, as well as condolence messages for the former first family.

He signed the painting 43, his presidential number.

"Barney was by my side during our eight years in the White House," Bush said in a statement. "He never discussed politics and was always a faithful friend. Laura and I will miss our pal."

"Barney and I enjoyed the outdoors. He loved to accompany me when I fished for bass at the ranch. He was a fierce armadillo hunter. At Camp David, his favorite activity was chasing golf balls on the chipping green," Bush wrote.

Barney arrived in the White House along with Bush and his staff in 2000. He was a gift to first lady Laura Bush whose birthday is November 4.

He starred in the Bush White House Christmas videos, known as Barney Cam, and was carried aboard presidential aircraft by the president himself. He once nipped a reporter's finger.

The family's other pups included Miss Beazley, another gift to the first lady from her husband and Barney's niece, and Spot, who was the offspring of President George H.W. Bush's dog Millie.

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  1. Kevin Park

    This is the dog Bush dropped. But in reality, he really did love Barney. RIP

    February 2, 2013 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  2. greenaxe

    If only Bush could have pursued a career in art.

    February 2, 2013 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  3. Obamas Folly

    Codolences to the Bush family on the loss of a member of the family.

    February 2, 2013 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  4. Edward

    Sleep in peace Barney.

    February 2, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  5. Diogonese

    Dogs are angels in disguise. That is the only way to explain all of that love. Barney was a gift from God and has now returned to Him.

    February 2, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  6. Helen

    I had no idea that George W. Bush was a painter! We lost our Springer Spaniel to lymphoma five months ago today. My condolences to the Bush family on the loss of an obviously well loved member of their family.

    February 2, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  7. spiker715

    RIP Barney! Watching Bush's interactions with you was the only time that he was tolerable!

    February 2, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  8. Pander Bear

    Sorry for their loss. Adore my pup and am sure they adored Barney.

    February 2, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  9. SFC Mike

    Barney was a good ol' dog.

    February 2, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  10. lance

    Probable suicide? Or maybe Bush thought there was oil in its head.

    February 2, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  11. Henry

    Did Cheney have Barney waterboarded?

    February 2, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  12. giggity

    are you all nuts? it is a dog

    February 2, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  13. Barbsp53

    Very sorry for your loss, Mr. President – Barney was a very special little guy.

    February 2, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  14. NanookoftheNorth

    We just don't have our beloved pets long enough in this life. Barney and his 'cam' brought lots of smiles to everybody 🙂

    February 2, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  15. The Film Professor

    Barney certainly had more of a heart than DIck Cheney.

    February 2, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  16. Mary

    RIP Barney!

    February 2, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  17. Sunny

    So sad to hear this news. Barney was loved by the public too!

    February 2, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. Ed

    Barney was a tribute to all Scotties. They are great dogs.

    February 2, 2013 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  19. Herb Jenkins

    Sorry for your loss of Barney. I love dogs more than most people. Barney is at the rainbow bridge now waiting for all his friends to join him someday. And I love your painting of Barney...had no idea you were an artist too.

    February 2, 2013 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  20. Expat American

    Safe Passage, Little Guy.

    February 2, 2013 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  21. Maryann

    Bless ya, Barney. RIP.

    February 2, 2013 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  22. Ann

    RIP, thoughts and prayers, Barney.

    February 2, 2013 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  23. Dave

    There is no greater sadness than the death of a dog or a child. Innocence lost is surely missed.

    February 2, 2013 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  24. Thomas

    Bush is a better painter then a president !

    He was a cool dog .

    February 2, 2013 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  25. Dana

    Regardless of politics... Its tough to lose a member of the family, as I'm sure Barney was. My condolences!

    February 2, 2013 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
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