Ron DeSantis delivers on puppy promise to First Family

Liberty DeSantis
There's a new resident in the Governor's Mansion. And she has four legs and a tail.

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ family is the first one to raise children in the Governor’s Mansion in decades, and it turns out the party of five is now a six-pack, with a new addition this week.

But the latest arrival is a little different, with four legs and a wagging tail, notes First Lady Casey DeSantis.

“Excited to welcome the newest addition to the family! We rescued her from the animal shelter and named her Liberty (The Free State of Florida was a bit long!),” she posted to social media.

Here’s hoping the new dog doesn’t associate the insurance ads all over television with her name being called.

In recent months, the Governor talked about how his family wanted a dog, an acquisition obviously complicated by his presidential campaign and the potential uncertainty of where they might live in 2025.

During an interview last month with Iowa’s KCCI, Ron DeSantis revealed that he and Casey hadn’t figured out what breed of puppy would best suit their daughter, Mamie, who got a “toy doggie on a leash” and was “practicing” for a real dog, expected to be procured a “year from now.”

DeSantis said then it was a “safe assumption that our kids are going to be helping us raise another puppy.” The timetable obviously moved up.

DeSantis had previously suggested the new dog would have to wait until he was elected President.

“I know that the one thing that we will do is we will procure ourselves a doggie for the kids because they’ve been asking for one. And so that would be probably the opportune time to be able to do it. And I think that that would be a lot of fun for them,” DeSantis said in Ankeny, Iowa.

However, he also said the Governor’s Mansion had a “big yard” and that if the First Family got a dog, it could “run around” and “have a lot of fun.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Elmo

    February 2, 2024 at 9:11 am

    That poor, poor dog is a political prop. Let’s hope he treats the dog better than he treats women and minorities.

    • Dont Say FLA

      February 2, 2024 at 9:20 am

      Damn. Elmo beat me to “that poor dog.”

      Only reason a Rhonda type would give a child a puppy is so they can threaten to take it away.

      I am sure that dog will be Tweeting to Elmo just as soon as it can learn to type.

      • Dont Say FLA

        February 3, 2024 at 10:16 am

        Correction. There is another reason people like Rhonda get a dog: The right dog might potentially like them, despite them.

    • Impeach Biden

      February 2, 2024 at 9:20 am

      How is the dog a political prop? You know Biden has one that has bitten people numerous times. Is that an indication that Biden is weak and his dog is undisciplined?

      • Kathleen Wertz

        February 3, 2024 at 3:05 pm

        Yes. Exactly.

      • Susan Keil

        February 7, 2024 at 6:48 am

        Finally a comment that makes sense. These other derogatory comments are sickening.

  • Pam

    February 2, 2024 at 9:58 am

    I remember when our kids got their first dog. Many happy memories and a great experience for the whole family.
    Sometimes we need to put politics aside – especially when children are involved!
    Wishing the DeSantis family many years of joy together!

    • Impeach Biden

      February 2, 2024 at 9:59 am

      Thank you Pam.

    • Gail

      February 3, 2024 at 9:05 am

      We need more “Pam’s” in our Country!!! Best statement here.. Thank You and I totally agree!!🙏🏻❤️❤️

      • Pamela

        February 3, 2024 at 8:45 pm

        Thank You, more of “Me” makes total sense! And I love to “Impeach Biden”! Then arrest him for Treason 🤬
        Congratulations to the Desantis Kids! Have a wonderful time with “Liberty”!

    • Dont Say FLA

      February 3, 2024 at 10:17 am

      Do you remember if you issued a press release when your kids got their first dog? I have never released any press about any pet that’s joined me.

  • Diana morrow

    February 2, 2024 at 2:54 pm

    The free state of Florida? What a joke!

  • Audrey Cummins

    February 2, 2024 at 8:43 pm

    If only Ron DeSantis had shown his humaneness while campaigning….nah it wouldn’t have helped. Too much “water under the bridge” of inhumaneness in Florida.

  • JD

    February 4, 2024 at 4:24 am

    Fluff piece.

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