Ike and his Weimaraner dog, Heidi
President Eisenhower’s beloved pet Heidi spent time at the White House as well as Ike’s Gettysburg farm.
In a letter to Postmaster General Arthur Summerfield, who gave the dog to him, Ike wrote:
“Heidi is definitely an asset to life in the White House. She cavorts on the South Lawn at a great rate, with such important projects as chasing squirrels and investigating what might be under bushes. She is beautiful and well-behaved (occasionally she tends towards stubbornness but is then immediately apologetic about it.)”
from the Eisenhower Library