With his tidy tuxedo markings, First Dog Bo Obama is always black-tie ready. And today, as the presidential pup celebrates his fourth birthday, his formal fur is de riguer.
In April 2009, a 6-month-old puppy arrived on the South Lawn—a cuddly housewarming gift from the late Ted Kennedy, a close friend and strong supporter of President Obama. Malia and Sasha Obama chose to name their little bro after their cousins’ cat, their grandfather, and late singer Bo Diddley.
Bo’s White House debut followed months of public discussion and media scrutiny: What kind of dog would the Obamas get? Everyone weighed in, from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) to celebrity dog-trainer and “whisperer” Caesar Milan. In the end, Malia’s allergies dictated, and the First Family chose the hypoallergenic Portuguese Waterdog. In addressing the decision against shelter adoption, President Obama offered some levity: “Our preference would be to get a shelter dog, but, obviously, a lot [of them] are mutts like me.”
It’s almost time for the next election, and Bo’s reportedly quite cozy in his
Pennsylvania Avenue digs. When asked about turning four, the canine-in-chief barked a few words, “I have hope… for a chocolate bone. BoBama 2012!
Smitten by Bo? Adopt a Portie in need! With their sweet disposition, contagious energy, and non-shedding coats, Portuguese Water Dogs make wonderful pets. For rescue information, check out the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America (PWDCA) website. (would hyperlink: http://www.pwdca.org/breed/rescue/)
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