Barney, President George W. Bush's Scottish terrier dies

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Posted on February 2, 2013 at 11:00 AM

DALLAS (AP) — Thousands of people are offering their condolences via Facebook over the death of Barney, President George W. Bush's beloved black Scottish terrier.

Bush and his wife, Laura, released a statement yesterday saying their famous 12-year-old pooch had died after suffering from lymphatic cancer.

Bush writes, "Barney was by my side during our eight years in the White House" and "never discussed politics." Bush calls the dog "a faithful friend."

The statement was posted on the former president's Facebook page and had drawn more than 31,000 comments expressing sympathy by this morning. The site also shared a 64-photo gallery of Barney.

Barney became an Internet sensation in 2002, when a tiny video camera on his collar offered viewers a dog-level holiday tour of the White House — shuffling from room to room and menacing the Christmas tree.

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APPHOTO TXBS201M: FILE - In this June 25, 2001 file photo, President Bush does his best to salute while holding his dog Barney as they get off of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Barney, former White House Scottish Terrier and star of holiday videos shot during President George W. Bush's administration, has died after suffering from cancer, the former president announced in a statement Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. He was 12. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) (25 Jun 2001)

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APPHOTO TXBS202: FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2003 file photo, President Bush slows his pace to wait for his dog Barney as he walks to the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 3, 2003. Barney, former White House Scottish Terrier and star of holiday videos shot during President George W. Bush's administration, has died after suffering from cancer, the former president announced in a statement Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. He was 12. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) (1 Feb 2013)

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APPHOTO TXBS203: FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2007 file photo, President Bush motions his Scottish terrier Barney to enter the West Wing of the White House in Washington. Barney, former White House Scottish Terrier and star of holiday videos shot during President George W. Bush's administration, has died after suffering from cancer, the former president announced in a statement Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. He was 12. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File) (1 Feb 2013)

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