Former first dog Barney dies

Barney, President George W. Bush's black Scottish terrier who became famous during his White House tenure for the “Barney Cam” videos, has died, the Bushes announced on Friday.

“He never discussed politics and was always a faithful friend. Laura and I will miss our pal,” Bush said in a statement.

The dog, who was 12 years old, had been suffering from lymphoma.

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Barney gained quite a following for his “Barney Cams,” which showed the White House from the dog's point of view. The videos were usually focused on the holidays, with Barney — and sometimes fellow White House dog Miz Beazley — giving tours of the Christmas decorations. The videos are achieved on Bush's presidential library website.

The presidential pet was born in New Jersey on Sept. 30, 2000, and was a gift to the Bushes from Christie Todd Whitman, then the director of the Environmental Protection Agency.

The 43rd president remembered his dog fondly in his statement.

“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,” he said.

“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.”