December 13, 1966. 12:45 PM. According to the President’s Daily Diary: in between meetings with the National Security Council and former Australian Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies, LBJ pauses to announce to all in earshot that Luci’s dog Freckles has had four puppies.
The Johnsons are unquestionably dog lovers, as this April 1966 photo in the White House Flower Garden attests. In this picture Mrs. Johnson is holding Freckles; LBJ has Kim; Luci holds Him, and Pat Nugent is paired with Blanco. Him is the sire of Kim and Freckles, who were born in October of 1965. Sadly, Him was killed about two months after this photo was taken, hit by a car on the White House driveway. Him’s other half, Her, had died after eating a rock in December 1964.
LBJ Presidential Library photo #C1747-18, public domain.