Famous Cats and Dogs

We are very happy that their posts seem to be getting a lot of interest, so we decided to compile a list of 18 famous dogs and cats to demonstrate their valuable contributions to society, and to show that humans who love cats and dogs are super cool! Woof woof meow meow have a barking amazing day!


Florence Nightingale, Pope Paul II, Mark Twain, and the Brontë sisters owned and loved cats.


In 1957, Laika became the first dog in space, and the first animal to orbit the Earth. JFK’s terrier, Charlie, fathered 4 puppies with Laika’s daughter.


The iconic Algonquin Hotel in midtown Manhattan employs a much-adored lobby cat named Hamlet. He’s one of a dozen rescue felines that have lived in the hotel since the early 1920s.


If you are a Star Wars fan, you will be excited to know that George Lucas modeled the Ewoks after his family dog!


Abraham Lincoln was absolutely crazy about cats – he had four cats who lived in the White House with him.


Franklin Roosevelt spent $15,000 for a destroyer to pick up his Scottish Terrier Fala in the Aleutian Islands when his beloved pooch had been accidentally left on one of the islands.


A rich British antiques dealer named Ben Rea loved his cat Blackie so much that when he died in 1988, he left most of his estate, worth $13 million, to the lucky kitty. And in 2011, Maria Assunta from Rome, Italy left her entire $13 million fortune to her rescue cat Tomasso.



Teddy Roosevelt’s dog, Pete, famously ripped a French Ambassador Jules Jusserand’s pants off when he visited the White House.


President Bill Clinton’s cat, Socks, was a media darling during the Clinton administration and was said to receive more letters than the President himself. A video game called Socks the Cat, featuring the First Feline was released in 2018.

FACT #10

Walt Disney’s family dog named Sunnee was the inspiration behind Lady and the Tramp.

FACT #11

An orange tabby cat called Stubbs was the mayor of Talkeetna, a small town in Alaska for 20 years! Although he didn’t hold any legislative power, locals and tourists alike loved him.

FACT #12

Revolutionary War soldiers sometimes brought their dogs with them into battle – including George Washington who was a passionate dog breeder, and brought his favorite dog Sweet Lips with him.

FACT #13

In 1963 Felicette, also known as ‘Astrocat’ was the first and only cat to go to space as part of the French space program.

FACT #14

In the 11th century, a dog named Saurr was appointed king of Norway, and for 3 years he was treated regally, with a collar of gold, courtiers, a throne, and a mansion.

FACT #15

Isaac Newton invented the cat flap! When he was working on his experiments at the University of Cambridge, he was constantly interrupted by his cats scratching at the door. So he called the Cambridge carpenter to saw two holes in the door, one for the mother cat and one for her kittens! Apparently these holes can still be seen at the university today.

FACT #16

The most successful search and rescue dog was a St. Bernard named Barry who worked as a mountain rescue dog in Switzerland and Italy. Barry saved around 40 people in his 12 years of service and was proclaimed Swiss National Hero.

FACT #17

It’s official, cats can inspire poets! The musical Cats is based on a collection of T.S. Eliot poems called Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.

FACT #18

In The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy’s love for Toto is what puts the entire film into motion.

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