Former chief usher of White House offers rare glimpse of first families

Monday, June 8, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

WASHINGTON — President George W. Bush's springer spaniel, Spot, was old and ailing. The night before Spot was to be put to sleep, Bush carried his dog, a descendant of former first dog Millie, out to the South Lawn. They had chased many balls together near the helicopter landing spot, and now it was the winter of 2004.