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Barney on the Presidential lectern
Species Dog
Breed Scottish Terrier
Sex Male
Born Bernard Bush
(2000-09-30)September 30, 2000
New Jersey, U.S.
Died February 1, 2013(2013-02-01) (aged 12)
Texas, U.S.
Cause of death Euthanasia
Nation from United States
Notable role Played self in
Barney Cam I (2002)
Barney Cam II: Barney Reloaded (2003)
Barney and Spot's Winter Wonderland (2003)
Barney Cam: Where in the White House is Miss Beazley? (2004)
Known for Pet of the First Family of the United States
Title First Dog of the United States
Term January 20, 2001 — January 20, 2009
Predecessor Buddy and Socks
Successor Bo and Sunny
Owner Bush family
Parent(s) Coors, dam
(of Pontefract; owned by Christine Todd Whitman)
Kelly, sire (of Champion Motherwell Stormwarning)
Appearance Black fur
Barney (archived)

Barney Bush (birth name Bernard Bush; September 30, 2000 – February 1, 2013) was a Scottish Terrier owned by former U.S. President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush. Barney had his own official web page which redirected to an extension of the White House website. Barney was born in New Jersey and he was often referred to as the "First Dog".


Barney's mother, Coors, was owned by former Environmental Protection Agency Director and former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman. The dog's father is known as Kelly. Miss Beazley, the Bushes' other Scottish terrier, is Barney's niece through his half-brother, Clinton.


Barney oval office
Barney at play in the Oval Office.

Barney is said to have enjoyed playing with volleyballs and golf balls, and enjoyed observing games of horseshoes. There are various web sites across the Internet devoted to Barney. Most notably, he was the main star of the White House's annual Christmas videos during the Bush administration.

Barney was featured in several films that go by the name of Barneycam and are made by the White House Staff, and star both Barney himself and Miss Beazley, the other presidential canine. These movies can be found on the George W. Bush archived White House web site.

Media attention

Laura, George and Barney at TSTC Waco Airport
WhiteHousePets, ValentinesDay2007
Barney watches as Miss Beazley gives a "kiss" to India on Valentine's Day 2007

Bob Woodward quotes Bush about Barney

Barney was evoked in a famous Bush quote cited by Bob Woodward about the Iraq War in State of Denial: Bush at War, Part III (ISBN: 0743272234) and repeated during a 60 Minutes interview:

Criticism by Karl Rove and Vladimir Putin

White House official Karl Rove remarked shortly after his resignation that Barney was "a lump." Barney has also been criticized by Russian President Vladimir Putin who feels a world leader should own large robust dogs, not smaller breeds such as the Scottish Terrier. At a later date, when Putin introduced Bush to Koni, his black labrador, Putin is reported to have remarked that Koni is "(b)igger, tougher, stronger, faster, meaner, than Barney."


On November 27, 2006, Barney was featured in an article in satirical newspaper The Onion titled "Troop Morale Boosted By Surprise Visit From First Dog". The article described a fictitious visit by Barney to troops in Iraq.

On December 14, 2006, The Daily Show satirized Barney's Holiday Extravaganza. Barney was, at one point, satirized in "The Bugle".

On January 23, 2007, Scottie Tails posted a satire video of a Wheaten-colored terrier named Kenzie asking Barney to contact her about a date.


Neil Armstrong 2004
Barney with astronaut Neil Armstrong (2004).

On November 6, 2008, Barney bit Reuters news reporter Jon Decker's finger. Barney had bitten Boston Celtics public relations director Heather Walker on the wrist on September 19, 2008, breaking the skin and drawing blood, but the incident was not reported until after the November 4 elections. Laura Bush's spokesperson joked afterwards that "I think it was his way of saying he was done with the paparazzi."


Barney was euthanized due to lymphoma.

On February 1, 2013, Bush posted this to his Facebook page, Statement by President George W.

Barney was survived by the Bushes' other Scottish Terrier, Miss Beazley, who later died in 2014.

Barney and Miss Beazley are honored with a bronze sculpture at the George W. Bush Library. A bronze Barney also appears in the arms of Bush's statue in Rapid City, South Dakota's "City of Presidents" public art installation of presidential statues.


Barney has starred in eleven government film productions. His last, Barney Cam VII: A Red, White and Blue Christmas, is a 2008 Christmas video featuring George W. Bush and members of his immediate family, and many American Olympians. In it, he dreams of winning several honors for the United States before being woken up by President Bush, who needs Barney's help in preparing for Christmas.

Barney's feature videos:

  • Barney Cam VII: A Red, White and Blue Christmas (2008)
  • Barney Cam VI: Holiday in the National Parks (2007)
  • My Barney Valentine (2007)
  • Barney's Holiday Extravaganza (2006)
  • A Very Beazley Christmas (2005)
  • Barney and Miss Beazley's Spring Garden Tour (2005)
  • Barney has found Miss Beazley (2005)
  • Where in the White House is Miss Beazley? (2004)
  • Barney Reloaded (2003)
  • Barney and Spot's Winter Wonderland (2003)
  • Barney Cam (2002)

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