During the eight years in the White House, they had two dogs. Lucky was presented to them for their work for the March of Dimes by the poster girl.
Lucky was a tiny ball of fluff when they first got her. However, she was a black Bouvier des Flandres who grew to be in Nancy’s words “the size of a pony.”
She was so excited whenever she got on the helicopter. She knew she was going to Camp David where she had room to run and often could be seen sitting in the President’s lap. But Bouviers need a lot of room, something the size of, say, Montana.
The second dog Rex, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, was given to Nancy by the President as a Christmas present. One of Rex’s first duties was to help throw the switch that lit the National Christmas Tree. Everything about the President is subject to news and the press duly covered Rex’s tonsillectomy.
Rex joined Lucky and the other dogs when Reagan’s term was over and both dogs lived out their lives at the Reagan ranch.