Spot Bush and the Glories and Scandals of Other Canines in Chief

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But her dorm at Stanford University has a no-pet policy.

Sunda Alp, spokeswoman for the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, says there was some concern over Socks' exile. But she's happy the cat won't have to move too far.

"If Socks and Buddy are not in the White House, they should go to a good house," Alp says. "But it should be in the D.C. area, because we heard they will be lobbying for treats."

Perhaps it's hard to explain the Clintons' choice. Certainly, once you share a bed with a kindred spirit, you create a lifetime bond. And to be sure, after so many years in the Washington, both Bill and Buddy can relate to feeling banished to the doghouse.

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