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Barney, George W Bush's White House Dog, Dies
Barney, George W Bush's much-loved Scottish terrier made famous by taking millions of viewers on a video tour of the White House, has died.
The former US First Dog, who roamed the halls at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue while Mr Bush was president, passed away after suffering from cancer at the age of 12 - or 84 in dog years.
Mr Bush and his wife, Laura, released a statement confirming Barney's death, mourning him as a polite host to visiting heads of state, an aspiring Secret Service agent keen on guarding the South Lawn, and an avid armadillo hunter.
It read: "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 favourite 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. He wandered the halls of the West Wing looking for treats from his many friends. He starred in Barney Cam and gave the American people Christmas tours of the White House.
"Barney greeted queens, heads of state and prime ministers. He was always polite and never jumped in their laps.
"Barney was by my side during our eight years in the White House. He never discussed politics and was always a faithful friend. Laura and I will miss our pal."
The 43rd president has taken up painting since leaving public office, and posted an oil portrait of his beloved dog on Facebook
Outfitted with a tiny video camera on his collar, Barney gave a dog-level holiday tour of the White House in 2002, shuffling from room to room and menacing the Christmas tree.
The video starring the black pup was a hit, netting 24 million hits its first day online.
It also helped reopen the White House to the nation after it was closed to tourists the previous holiday season in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
He later reprised his role in a number of Barney Cam holiday videos, many still available on YouTube.
Barney, later joined at the White House by another Scottish terrier, Miss Beazley, also had his own Web page.