On this day in 1809, Abraham Lincoln was born. Rather than being a vampire hunter, he was an animal lover. The Lincoln family owned a dog named Fido. When Lincoln was announced the winner of the 1860 election, celebrations erupted and the loud noises from the fireworks and cannons scared Fido. The Lincolns worried that the long journey to Washington DC, accompanied with noises, would terrify the dog. Fido didn’t moved to the White House and stayed behind in Springfield, Illinois under the care of John Roll and his two sons. In the White House, Jip replaced Fido and would be the family’s lunch companion. In 1861, Secretary of State William H. Seward gave the family two cats. Later, two goats, Nanny and Nanko, joined them. The sons of Lincoln liked to hitched the goats to carts or kitchen chairs and be pulled around the White House. The family added more animals such as ponies, rabbits, a turkey named Jack, and a horse called Old Bob. In the funeral procession of Lincoln, Old Bob was dressed in black and walked behind Lincoln’s hearse. Within the year of Lincoln’s death, Fido was killed. Fido placed his dirty paws on a drunken man who would react violently and trust his knife into the dog.

If you would like to read more about Lincoln’s pets, click any of the links below:

http://www.mrlincolnswhitehouse.org/…/white-house-grounds-…/

http://americacomesalive.com/…/17/abraham-lincolns-dog-fido/

https://www.nps.gov/abli/planyourvisit/lincoln-pets.htm