Growing up on a farm Calvin Coolidge was an animal lover. He once said, “Any man who does not like dogs and want them about does not deserve to be in the White House.” He had a white collie called Rob Roy. They wanted it to be seen by the nation as part of their family. The dog posed in a picture with the First Family on the South Portico steps. This was the first time a dog was included in an official First Family photo portrait.