When President Gerald Ford wanted to end a conversation in the Oval Office he would signal Liberty, his golden retriever, and she would go to the guest wagging her tail, creating a natural break.

Liberty (dog)

Susan, Betty and President Gerald Ford with Liberty and her puppies at the White House in 1975

Honor’s Foxfire Liberty Hume (February 8, 1974 – 1984) (AKC Registration Number SB578950) was the Golden Retriever Presidential pet of Betty Ford and Gerald Ford. Liberty was born February 8, 1974 and given to the president as an 8-month-old puppy by his daughter Susan Ford and new White House photographer David Hume Kennerly in the fall of 1974. The breeder of the dark gold pup was Ann (Avis) Friberg of Mount Vernon, Washington.

Liberty was frequently photographed with Ford in the Oval Office, in the swimming pool at Camp David and on the South Lawn of the White House. She also had a litter of pups in the White House on September 14, 1975… Continue Reading (3 minute read)

9 thoughts on “When President Gerald Ford wanted to end a conversation in the Oval Office he would signal Liberty, his golden retriever, and she would go to the guest wagging her tail, creating a natural break.”

  1. InAHundredYears

    I love that he got himself locked out of the White House taking the dog out at night. Just picturing him in robe and slippers, and the “Oh, no” look on his face when he heard the CLICK of the door and realized there was nobody around to let him back in.

  2. heisdeadjim_au

    What I love about Gerald Ford is that he is the only person who was both Vice President and then President without being elected to either role.

    And he did okay in at least one movie https://youtu.be/REZ2k_eCFH0 🙂

  3. hoosierwhodat

    I once ended up on a 2 hour shuttle to Vail with one of President Ford’s SS Agents. He said Ford was the cushiest former POTUS to protect because you just do some skiiing and hang out around the resort. And he’s in ski gear so it’s not like anyone recognizes him (plus they probably wouldn’t anyway).

    Also had one time where I was in line at the post office around the Holidays and the secret service walks in and tells everyone they have to leave while President Ford comes in. Then Ford interjected to allow everyone to do their stuff while he waited outside.

  4. simplicityweb

    I’m a dog lover, that would have ensured I stayed another two hours

  5. I_might_be_weasel

    Like I wouldn’t already be petting the dog as soon as I got there….

  6. nosmokewhereiam

    *Whistles* “Oh, so we are done here now I take it?”

  7. TheLonelySnail

    It just seems that every president should own a Golden Retriever named ‘Liberty’. Or one should be issued to you when you are elected President

    Constitutional Amendment now!

  8. Sleep-system

    The Presidential “Anyway, what you bout to do?”

  9. Picker-Rick

    Release the hounds!

    wag wag wag wag

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