As described in my middle grade book Rats in The White House, President Theodore Roosevelt's family had many pets. Here are just a few photographs of their amazing animals:
President Roosevelt met Skip on a hunting trip in Colorado. The President wrote home to his son Kermit:
“There is a very cunning little dog named Skip, belonging to John Goff's pack, who has completely adopted me. I think I shall take him home to Archie. He likes to ride on Dr. Lambert's horse, or mine, and though he is not as big as Jack, takes eager part in the fight with every bear and bobcat.”
Theodore Roosevelt’s Letters to His Children. May 12, 1905, 125-126.