Today is National Dog Day. This was President Lincoln’s dog, Fido. Fido was a favorite companion to the Lincoln family during their years in Springfield prior to President Lincoln’s presidency. Fido was left in the care of a neighbor when the family moved to The White House.
President Lincoln gave the neighbor an old sofa for Fido to lay on which was a favorite of Fido’s and also gave instructions that Fido be allowed to go wherever he wanted to in the house and to be fed scraps from the family table.