New Governor Divulges Gubernatorial Pets, Promises To Open Mansion Doors to the Public

December 30, 2008 (RALEIGH, NC) — While Americans  await the arrival of the nation’s First Dog to move in with the Obama family, North Carolina’s Governor-elect Beverly Perdue is  bringing two First Dogs into the elegant ambiance of the state’s 1891 Victorian-style Governor’s Mansion in Raleigh.

Carroll Leggett, author of Raleigh Metro Magazine’s “Between You and Me” column, offers the first look at “Dos” and “Zipper,” two Tibetan terriers about to become North Carolina’s First Dogs after Perdue’s inauguration January 10.

Metro’s Leggett met the perky pups a few months ago in the Chapel Hill home Perdue shares with husband Bob Eaves. Perdue describes her pets as “watch dogs and barkers” and is already “thinking about how to contain their enthusiasm in their new digs.”

Leggett’s January 2009 column also notes the state’s new governor and her family are planning to make the Governor’s Mansion more accessible to the people who own it – the citizens of North Carolina.

Perdue’s efforts will begin immediately after the inauguration when the new governor plans to “throw the doors of the Executive Mansion in the afternoon and invite everyone to come and visit their house that they are going to let Bob and me live in,” she told Leggett.

“It is going to be wonderful to have the lights burning brightly on Blount Street,” Leggett writes as he compares Perdue’s feelings about the mansion with those of former residents, including current Governor Mike Easley who “entertained infrequently.”
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Established in 1999, the four-color monthly Metro Magazine has a circulation of 40,000 covering from the Triangle area to the coast of North Carolina.


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