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‘First Dog’ To Be Neutered

March 10, 1998

CINCINNATI (AP) _ The fix is in. Buddy, President Clinton’s rambunctious new puppy, will be neutered, the White House said Tuesday.

The president decided to neuter his chocolate-colored Labrador after an appeal from actress Doris Day, who urged that Buddy go under the knife for health reasons, White House spokesman Barry Toiv said.

``The president is inclined to do so,″ Toiv told reporters aboard Air Force One as Clinton flew here from Connecticut to attend a fund-raising dinner.

Ms. Day, president of the Doris Day Animal League, sent Clinton a letter in December expressing concern that Buddy would suffer health problems if he were left intact.

In January, Clinton spokesman Mike McCurry said there were no plans to neuter Buddy, who had moved into the White House in mid-December.

However, Clinton physician Connie Mariano has now told Ms. Day in a letter that the Clintons had decided to neuter the dog on the advice of their veterinarian. ``Thank you for your thoughtful concern,″ Dr. Mariano wrote.

No date was set for the procedure.

As of Monday, Buddy seemed oblivious to his fate. He engaged in an energetic game of fetch with Clinton in the Rose Garden after the president returned from a speech before the American Medical Association.

Socks, the first family’s cat, was neutered while Clinton was Arkansas governor.

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