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For lovers of animals, there is a new exhibit at Sagamore Hill in Oyster Bay Cove that just opened and will run till Jan. 2009.  Sagamore Hill in Oyster Bay Cove is a neighboring village of Oyster Bay, NY.  It was the summer White House during the Theodore Roosevelt presidency.  The photo exhibit is titled "White House Pets: Ambassadors at Large" sponsored by Friends of Sagamore Hill and the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site.  There are photos of animals at the White House from Thomas Jefferson era all the way to George W. Bush. 

Artifacts relating to pets at Theodore Roosevelt White House were also added.   There are lots of exciting stories with the young Roosevelt children and their love of animals.  Apparently Quentin and Archie Roosevelt befriended the pet store owner near the White House and would borrow pets and the kids would walk into President's Roosevelt office and showed him snakes or something they had borrowed.  The Roosevelts were animal lovers and they had all kinds of pets - dogs, cats, horses, guinea pigs, rabbits, lizards, chickens, macaw, barn owls, pigs and even zebra and bears.  The most famous story was about a pony named Algonquin that the kids smuggled up the elevator to see Archie who was sick at that time. 

Franklin D. Roosevelt had a dog named Fala, Caroline Kennedy had a pony named Macaroni, George W Bush had a dog named Barney, Chelsea Clinton had a cat named Socks, Richard Nixon had a dog named Checkers and Ronald Reagan had a dog named Rex to name a few. For more information about the exhibit, call 516-922-4788.

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