George W. Bush's terrier who starred in 'Barney-cam' videos, dies
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. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, February 1, 2013 7:30PM EST
DALLAS - Thanks to a tiny video camera on his collar, Barney offered a dog-level holiday tour of the White House in 2002 while shuffling from room to room and menacing the Christmas tree.
The video starring President George W. Bush's black Scottish terrier was a hit, drawing 24 million online tourists the first day. It also helped reopen the White House after it was closed to tourists the previous holiday season following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Bush and his wife, Laura, released a statement Friday saying their famous 12-year-old pooch had died of cancer.
Bush said, "Barney was by my side during our eight years in the White House," and noted Barney "never discussed politics and was always a faithful friend. Laura and I will miss our pal."