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Plans for governor’s residence includes beagle, 2 cats

Move over Bo – you aren’t the only First Dog around anymore.

Indiana Gov.-elect Mike Pence told reporters Wednesday that he and his family would be moving into the governor’s residence in Indianapolis – along with a dog and two cats.

“It’s a welcoming place in every sense of the word,” he said.

Pence joked that he was still negotiating a doghouse for Maverick the beagle.

The two cats – Oreo and Pickle – already have their accommodations sorted out.

Incoming first lady Karen Pence visited the residence for the first time in the last week and said all five members of the Pence family are excited about living there.

The 1928 home underwent a $1.2 million renovation and redecoration during Gov. Mitch Daniels’ term though he and his family never lived there. The house has a public area for events as well as private space for the family on the upper floors.

All three children – ages 21, 19 and 18 – made a bid to stay in the separate and cozy three-bedroom Carriage House on the property, but Karen Pence had other plans.

One son and one daughter are away at college and will be home only at breaks, with their youngest daughter living full time at the residence as a senior in high school.

Karen Pence wants everyone under one roof during college breaks for more family time. That means converting an office in the residence into another bedroom.

But she has promised her youngest daughter that her friends can come over for a prom dinner and that the Carriage House is available for guests.

Niki Kelly is Statehouse bureau chief of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.

nkelly@jg.net

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