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US presidential 'First Dog' dies
Spot pictured with President Bush and his wife Laura
Spot had been in the family for nearly 15 years
US President George W Bush is mourning the death of one of his dogs, Spot - often seen with the First Family.

The 14-year-old English springer spaniel was put to sleep after having suffered a series of strokes.

The dog was one of only two witnesses - both canine - to the president's fainting spell after he choked on a pretzel in January 2002.

Spot had a full presidential pedigree - born at the White House in March 1989, when Mr Bush's father was in office.

She was the daughter of Millie, the well-known dog of President George HW Bush and his wife Barbara.

"The president and Mrs Bush and the entire Bush family are deeply saddened by the passing of Spot," the White House said in a statement.


The White House website has posted a video of Spot playing with Mr Bush's other dog Barney, a three-year-old Scottish terrier.

Born 17 March 1989
Favourite food: Bacon-flavoured dog treats
Named after Scott Fletcher, a former Texas Rangers baseball player
Source: White House website
The pair were often seen greeting the president at the White House on his return from trips, and travelled with Mr Bush and his wife Laura to their ranch in Texas or Camp David.

The dogs were alone with Mr Bush when he suffered a fainting spell after choking on a pretzel in January 2002.

The president was watching an American football game on television, when he choked and passed out for a few moments.

"I hit the deck and woke up and there were Barney and Spot showing a lot of concern," Mr Bush said later.

The Bush family's other pet is a cat called India, also known as Willie.

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