Wednesday, September 23, 2020. National Dogs in Politics Day. Almost every President has had a dog as part of the First Family. Dogs can calm pretty much any situation – kind of important for the most powerful position in the world. George and Martha Washington had a variety of pets while in the White House including several dogs – American Foxhounds, Black and Tan Coonhounds, and a Greyhound. The Washingtons probably got the White House started off on the right paw!