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Meet Snickers!

Snickers is the First Puppy of Nebraska’s First Family, Governor Dave Heineman and First Lady Sally Ganem.

Snickers is a “Silkese” which is a Maltese & Silky Terrier hybrid, and he weighs about 4 pounds.  He’ll be around 11 pounds when fully grown.

The First Lady’s son and daughter-in-law, Sam and Jessica Heineman, gave the puppy to her for a birthday present in March of 2010.

Sam and Jessica have a similar dog named Oxley. 

To name the puppy, the First Lady collected suggestions from children that visited the Governor's Mansion on tours. The Governor and she picked Snickers from among the suggestions.

Snickers is a friendly dog and looks forward to meeting Nebraskans as they visit the Governor’s Residence.

Snicker's Blog

Buried Notes (Snickers' Archive)
2012 2011 2010  


PrePAWedness Trading Cards


Nov. 18, 2014
Update from the Residence: Snickers participates in a news conference asking humans to be careful and safe drivers, so they can make it home safely to their pets for the holiday season



Oct. 3, 2014
Update from the Residence: Snickers enjoys news conferences so much that he attends a news conference with his mom, the First Lady, in front of his home.



Sept. 15, 2014
Update from the Capitol: Snickers participates in a news conference asking animal guardians to be prepared to care for animals in emergency situations. Here on his blog page, you will find tips and check lists, as well as preparedness trading cards!



Sept. 15, 2014
REMEMBER ME IN AN EMERGENCY: Snickers would like all families to be prepared for emergency situations. Here is a checklist for your dogs, as well as lists for all our favorite pet friends – cats, birds, reptiles, horses and more.

Snickers Pet PrePAWedness Kit (pdf)
All Pets Brochure (pdf)


Sept. 5, 2014
Update from the Residence: Snickers is ready for the Husker football season!



July 1, 2014
Update from the Residence: Snickers was happy to entertain guests of the Charitable Giving Campaign kick-off luncheon. Here’s a picture of Snickers posing with First Lady Sally Ganem as well as Marilyn Marino and Jen Card. He looks forward to July 4th and wants everyone to appreciate the freedoms we all enjoy.



May 6, 2014
Update from the Residence: Snickers is so happy that it’s spring! One of his favorite things to do is to explore the back yard and look for adventure. Snickers wants everyone to know how beautiful Nebraska is in the spring.



February 26, 2014
Update from the Residence: Snickers wants you to have the Luck of the Irish as he prepares for St. Patrick’s Day. He’s wearing his favorite green cap and beads. He and his buddy,  Aiken are a wee bit Irish.



February 1, 2014
Update from the Residence: Snickers is getting ready for Valentine’s Day.  Will you have the PAW-fect Valentine? He sure hopes so.



November 20, 2013
Update from the Residence: Snickers reminds friends to be safe on the roads, so they will make it home to their loving family and pets.



October 31, 2013
Snicker Treating!
Update from the Residence:The First Puppy is excited to welcome trick-or-treaters at the Governor’s Residence for “Snicker Treating.” Snickers is dressed as Tigger. From A. A. Milne's children’s book The House at Pooh Corner, Tigger is a fictional tiger character known for his energy and enthusiasm.

The children’s literature reference is appropriate for the interests of the First Lady in promoting literacy. As a retired 30-year school teacher and principal, the First Lady is a strong advocate on behalf of childhood literacy, working with Reading Is Fundamental, the nation’s oldest and largest children’s literacy organization, and regularly reading with school children throughout Nebraska.



August 10, 2013
Update from the Residence: Snickers is joined by friends Bailey and Rider from the Capital Humane Society to help promote animal adoption awareness as part of the celebration of the 56th anniversary of the Governor’s Residence.  Our friends from the media even stopped by to enjoy the morning: A day's fix of cute puppy photos.



August 7, 2013
Update from the Residence:

Snickers is so excited about hosting the Capital Humane Society at the Residence’s anniversary celebration this weekend!  Come to the Governor’s Residence on Saturday morning, Aug. 10 from 10-11 a.m. and meet some of Snicker’s friends who are looking for loving homes and a new best friend. Find out more:



July 25, 2013
Update from the Residence: On the hot dog days of summer, Snickers enjoys playing with friends and the First Lady, and sporting his new summer haircut.



July 17, 2013
Update from the Residence: Snickers enjoys playing with new friends, and one of his favorite toys.



June 4, 2013
Update from the Residence: Snicker's stands watch over the Capitol building as storm season rolls through Nebraska.



May 28, 2013
Update from the Residence: Snickers greets the State Championship Soccer Team from Omaha's South High School, which is where the First Lady went to school.



Feb. 12, 2012
Update from the Residence: Snickers watches the President of the United States deliver the State of the Union address.


Jan. 14, 2013
Update from the Residence: Snickers enjoys meeting the new State Senators.  Here he is with his new buddy, Senator Sara Howard.


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