Former FDOTUS, Barney Bush, Dead at 12

The dog died of lymphoma, President George W. Bush said in a statement Friday

Friday, Feb 1, 2013  |  Updated 6:12 PM EDT
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Bo Obama Marks Three Years in White House

Barney, President Bush's Scottish Terrier, is seen on the South Lawn of the White House Thursday, April 6, 2006 in Washington. The former president announced that the twelve and a half year old dog recently passed away after suffering from lymphoma. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Barney Bush, the Bush family's Scottish Terrier, who spent his time in the White House sniffing for snacks and greeting his home's many visitors passed away Friday from lymphoma.

President George W. Bush remembered his "pal" in a statement: "Barney and I enjoyed the outdoors.  He loved to accompany me when I fished for bass at the ranch. He was a fierce armadillo hunter. At Camp David, his favorite activity was chasing golf balls on the chipping green. Barney guarded the South Lawn entrance of the White House as if he were a Secret Service agent," the statement said, adding that "he never discussed politics and was always a faithful friend."

In a memorial Facebook photo album, the dog can be seen gnawing on balls, frolicking in the snow, standing at the presidential podium and charming heads of state.

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