The Civil Writer Magazine

The White House over the centuries had many animals as occupants of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. From horses, parrots, grizzly bear cubs, cats, dogs, an alligator, fighting cocks, tiger cub, a cow, goat, turkey and a mockingbird. The most well known animal of the residence is the dog. The first White House dog to receive regular newspaper coverage was Warren G. Harding's dog Laddie Boy. So, as you can see, dogs are the most popular pet for a president to have during his time in the White House. These POTUS pets of the united states are feed, housed and medically treated better than children living in poverty in the southern states and the Appalachia a cultural region in the Eastern United.

Southern states and Appalachian Poverty is a major problem and it's a problem that goes largely unnoticed by the rest of the country. ... According to the 2010-2014 Poverty Rate report, poverty in the US was 15.6% compared to 19.7% in the combined Appalachian regions of Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Mississippi is one of the worst states for black children poverty, despite having the highest population of them in the country. Black children in Mississippi face health, educational and poverty-related barriers that hinder their opportunities later in life. What if poor children were seen as valued humans like the high value of a White House pet.

Of the nation's 45 presidents, 41 have been pet owners. These pets hold the distinct status of being national mascots revered and loved in their own right. And each pet has been in need of a veterinarian. The United States Army Veterinary Corps provides their care. For poor children that are part of the 1.6 million people living without full indoor plumbing do not have the infrastructure or medical services these White House animals have. The Medicaid, and SCHIP (State Children's Health Insurance Program) doctors don't provide the attention and watchful eyes as these White House veterinarians provide for their furry patients therefore those furry pets of the White House will live longer than those poverty stricken children of the southern states and Appalachians. That doesn't conjure up feelings of sadness because people are more sympathetic to animals. So here is another truth. The worst part of being poor, is not the outhouse conditions but watching your dog die when you can’t afford to help.