President's best friend: White House pets

POSTED: 5:17 AM Oct 26 2012   UPDATED: 8:41 PM Feb 15 2015

In honor of Presidents Day, take a look at photos of first pets dating back to the late 1800s.

William Howard Taft's cow, Pauline Wayne
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Library of Congress

President William Howard Taft kept a cow named Pauline Wayne on the White House grounds. Here, she is seen in front of the State, War and Navy Building, now known as the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.


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