Bush family announces adoption of rescue puppy named Freddy

FILE - In this April 25, 2013, file photo, Former President George H.W. Bush, left, applauds with Laura Bush after former President George W. Bush's speech during the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas. Former President George H.W. Bush is publicly criticizing for the first time key members of his son's administration. A biography of the nation's 41st president to be published in November, 2015, contains his sharply critical assessments of former Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

DALLAS (AP) — There’s a new member of the Bush family: a rescue puppy.

George W. Bush says he and his wife, Laura Bush, visited the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas last week just to thank employees for their work, but they ended up leaving with a puppy. The former president wrote on Facebook that they named the puppy Freddy, adding that “even our cats Bob and Bernadette are finding Freddy’s charm futile to resist.”

Bush spokesman Freddy Ford tells the Dallas Morning News (http://bit.ly/2fQSeWR ) that the puppy is an Australian Shepherd mix. Ford says the puppy is about 12 weeks old and was among several dogs that were abandoned in southern Dallas last month.

The family’s most famous pet, a Scottish Terrier named Barney, died in 2013.