Taking your dog for a walk is always a cure for the blues.
There's really no exception to this cosmic rule, even for presidential candidates.
That's most likely what former Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was doing when she was spotted by hikers walking her two dogs— Tally and Maisie— on Thursday, just days after conceding her presidential bid to President-elect Donald Trump.
Margo Gerster encountered the Clintons in the woods outside Chappaqua, N.Y., while taking her daughters on a hike.
"I've been feeling so heartbroken since yesterday's election and decided what better way to relax than to take my girls hiking. So I decided to take them to one of [my] favorite places in Chappaqua," Gerster wrote in a Facebook that has since been taken down. "We were the only ones there and it was so beautiful and relaxing. As we were leaving, I heard a bit of rustling coming towards me and as I stepped in the clearing there she was, Hillary Clinton and Bill with their dogs doing exactly the same thing as I was."
Gerster posted a photo of the surprising encounter to Facebook, giving pet lovers a rare peek at Maisie, who has been photographed only on rare occasions.
Credit: Margo Gerster / Facebook
Maisie and Tally
Maisie is the newest four-legged family member. While we don't know much about this super-cute poodle mix, people close to the Clintons say she gets her name from the bestselling novel Maisie Dobbs, about a World War I nurse who becomes a detective.
Tally is an adorable black-and-white toy poodle/shih tzu mix, who Clinton describes as an energetic leader.
Credit: Hillary Clinton / Instagram
"She's, like, bouncing all the time," Clinton told People. "It's great because our Lab, Seamus [now deceased], sort of starts off kind of like an old man, just kind of very ambling and slow. And Tally, our poodle, is like, jumping up and down and then Seamus gets some energy and off he goes."
Had Clinton been elected, Tally and Maisie would have run across the White House lawns as the newest first dogs. As it stands, Trump is reported to not have any pets.
Poodles have a long history in the White House.
President Richard M. Nixon had a French poodle named Vicky, President John F. Kennedy had one named Gaullie, and President Cleveland had yet another named Hector, according to the Presidential Pet Museum.
Dogs may be the preferred presidential pet, but more-exotic animals have wandered the grounds of the White House.
President Theodore Roosevelt's family had a badger named Josiah. In fact, the Roosevelt's had a menagerie that included guinea pigs, 10 dogs, two cats, a macaw, and a bear named Jonathan Edwards.
John Quincy Adams allegedly kept an alligator in the bathtub that was left behind by a revolutionary war hero.
Then, of course, there was a pony named Macaroni who was often seen ambling the White House lawn by President Kennedy's daughter, Caroline.
There's more to know about the most-popular and bizarre presidential pets on Cuteness.com.