12 Celebrities and Their Pets


Bill Clinton

Famous for his foreign diplomacy, former president Bill Clinton was even able to persuade a cat and dog to peacefully coexist in the White House. Socks the cat came with Clinton when he moved into the executive mansion in 1993. Buddy, a chocolate Labrador retriever, arrived in 1997 as a gift. Socks and Buddy achieved national fame with the publishing of Dear Socks, Dear Buddy: Kids' Letters to the First Pets, by Hillary Rodham Clinton. Upon leaving office, Clinton gave Socks to secretary Betty Currie and took Buddy with him to New York. Sadly, Buddy was struck and killed by a car in 2002 near the Clintons' New York home.