Former presidents obsessed with their dogs

Being the leader of the free world is a pretty big job. So if you're president of the United States, it's important to have at least one person in your corner that you can always count on—even if that person is actually a dog.

Yes, dogs have a long and colorful history in the White House, with the First Pooch often significantly more popular than its master. And for good reason: who wants to think about war and unemployment when you can focus on the adorable antics of a cute lil' puppy? With that in mind, here's a look at some presidents who, along with the rest of the nation, became obsessed with their canine companions.