(ANIMAL FRIENDSHIP/PETS) This Friday marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. For many Americans, JFK’s presidency was symbolic of a new frontier filled with hope and enshrined in the Arthurian legend of Camelot.

Here, we celebrate President Kennedy’s life and the menagerie of pets and animals—including dogs, cats, horses, and donkeys—who were all part of the Camelot dream. — Global Animal

A Young JFK in 1937 with his dog Dunker. Photo Credit: JFK Library
Before Camelot, JFK showed a love for animals. Photo Credit: historyplace.com
The first family with Clipper (standing), Charlie (with Caroline), Wolf (Behind Caroline), Shannon (with John Jr.), and two of Pushinka's puppies (with Jackie). Photo Credit: Cecil Stoughton/Wikimedia Commons
Kennedy on the campaign trail with Tennessee Governor Buford Ellington. Photo Credit: NPR
President Kennedy and his favorite dog Charlie go out for a walk. Photo Credit: Fred Blumenthal
Nikita Khrushchev's peace offering Pushinka. Photo Credit: AP/William J. Smith
President Kennedy, John Jr. and Caroline with Macaroni. Photo Credit: Equisearch.com
Caroline Kennedy's cat Tom Kitten next to the cat allergic JFK. Photo Credit: themusingsofacrazycatlady.com
Jackie Kennedy riding Sadar and Caroline Kennedy on Macaroni. Photo Credit: Cecil Stoughton, White House/John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston
Jackie and John Jr. on Rufus the horse. Photo Credit: Manchester Daily Express / Science & Society Picture Library
Caroline Kennedy riding Leprechaun. Photo Credit: Cecil W. Stoughton
Blackjack, the riderless horse who marked the end of Camelot. Photo Credit: Imh.org