In December 1997, with first daughter Chelsea Clinton off to college, a member of President Bill Clinton’s foreign intelligence advisory board gave him a puppy.
The new first dog was a rambunctious, registered, chocolate Labrador born on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. He slept in a little doghouse in a corner of the family kitchen at the White House and was well on his way to being fully housebroken when he arrived.
He took several walks every day with his master, beginning at 7 a.m.
The puppy had everything a dog might need, except a name. His breeder had called him Teddy, but that didn’t count. Suggestions poured in from around the world, including Barkansas, Hillbilly and Big Mac.
Finally, Clinton named him after his late great-uncle, Henry Oren “Buddy” Grisham, who had died that June.
Before Buddy arrived, Socks the cat was first pet. The Dec. 28, 1997, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette…