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The First Pets Of The White House (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 09/05/11 10:31 PM ET   Updated: 11/05/11 06:12 AM ET

The First Pets that have roamed the White House grounds over the years are far from your average cats and dogs.

President Obama's portuguese water dog is the latest furry companion following a long line of unusual creatures, including black bears, billy goats, lions, pigs, tigers and an alligator.

The White House blog features a photo gallery of past presidential pets, ranging from President Coolidge's raccoon to President Lyndon Johnson's beagles, nicknamed "Him" and "Her."

Check out some of our favorite photos from the album, and view the full gallery here.

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President Jimmy Carter's daughter Amy is pictured with her Siamese cat Misty Malarky Ying Yang.
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