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Even before the U.S. president is elected such, if they’re considered a “major candidate” for the job, they get offered Secret Service protection. Whether they accept that protection or not, once elected until the day they die (unless they opt out after leaving office), they will be shadowed by an elite team of Secret Service agents. These individuals, while not actually sworn to do so (contrary to popular belief), are generally expected to, if necessary, give their lives to keep the president safe. While in office, this protection extends to a president’s immediate family. But does this ever include their family pet? Technically no.

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Sources:

https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/STATUTE-108/pdf/STATUTE-108-Pg2382.pdf
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Former_Presidents_Act
https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=QEoEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA26&lpg=PA26&dq=president+dog+bodyguard&source=bl&ots=PZdrt8-hPX&sig=i4CGXQbykkoxQSuXeQ4MYOXSz8w&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjJlqqK9b_TAhXKAcAKHU_KCYoQ6AEIUzAK#v=onepage&q=president%20dog%20bodyguard&f=false
http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2009/04/14/presidential-pets-past-and-present/
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/01/lifetime-secret-service-protection-restored-for-presidents-bush-and-obama/
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2012/02/a-history-of-presidential-pets/1#.WP_P6fQrLrc
https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=4JyTRMETpD4C&pg=PA200&lpg=PA200&dq=presidential+pets+secret+service&source=bl&ots=a4hlWiA-pl&sig=a6AkEgS9wkQjIiBb47hA6S-Mm6g&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwifhcvS1cDTAhUJCcAKHZ7JCWg4ChDoAQhIMAk#v=onepage&q=presidential%20pets%20secret%20service&f=false
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/3463632/George-W-Bushs-dog-bites-two-people.html
https://www.thoughtco.com/secret-service-protection-for-presidential-candidates-3367502

Image Credit:

https://www.bigstockphoto.com/ru/image-164358827/stock-photo-new-york%2C-september-20%2C-2016%3A-a-female-secret-service-agent-in-the-streets-of-manhattan-near-2nd-avenue-during-the-un-general-assembly
https://www.bigstockphoto.com/ru/image-109066730/stock-photo-wooden-blocks-with-the-text%3A-myths
https://www.bigstockphoto.com/ru/image-88412171/stock-photo-amazed-young-woman-shouting-over-pink-background-looking-at-camera-wearing-in-shirt
https://www.bigstockphoto.com/ru/image-85463396/stock-photo-robust-security-guard-with-the-headset-and-black-glasses
https://www.bigstockphoto.com/ru/image-136166066/stock-photo-medicine%2C-pet%2C-animals%2C-health-care-and-people-concept-close-up-of-veterinarian-doctor-with-syringe-making-vaccine-injection-to-golden-retriever-dog-at-vet-clinic
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunny_(dog)#/media/File:Sunny_and_Bo.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bo_and_Obama.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:United_States_President_Barack_Obama_with_Senator_Sherrod_Brown,_Representative_Mary_Jo_Kilroy,_and_Secret_Service_personnel_arriving_at_Port_Columbus_International_Airport.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:President_Reagan_waves_to_crowd_immediately_before_being_shot_1981.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_dog_Bo_in_the_Cabinet_Room.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Barack_Obama_runs_away_from_the_family_dog_2009-05-12.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Barney-20040908.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Barney_oval_office.jpg

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