When the Carters arrived in Washington, they didn’t bring any dogs. His daughter Amy was given a dog, Grits, by her teacher at the public school she attended.
It isn’t known whether the teacher failed to ask permission or the dog was unaware of Presidential protocol. For whatever reason the dog was abruptly returned to the teacher.
Amy had a Siamese cat named Misty Malarki Ying Yang with whom she was often photographed.
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