Bo, the Portuguese water dog who became the first presidential pet in Obama's White House, romping in the halls of power, died Saturday.
Bo, who was 12, had cancer, Michelle Obama said on Instagram. President Barack Obama said the family had lost "a true friend and faithful companion."
“For more than a decade, Bo was a constant, friendly presence in our lives – happy to see us on our good days, our bad days, and every day in between,” Obama wrote. Twitter.
He tolerated all the hassle that came from being in the White House, had a big bark but no bite, loved to jump in the pool in the summer, was unperturbed with kids, lived around the dinner table for bits, and had great her . "
Bo arrived at the White House at the age of six months puppy in April 2009, a gift from Massachusetts Senator Edward M. Kennedy and his wife Victoria to their first children, Malia and Sasha Obama.
The girls named the dog Bo because their cousins had a cat of the same name and because Mrs. Obama's father was nicknamed Diddley, after the musician Bo Diddley.
Immediately the dog was an object of national fascination, the latest in a long line of four-legged White House residents, including President Lyndon B. Johnson's Beagles, Him and her, President Ronald Reagan's King Charles Spaniel, Rex, President Bill Clinton's cat, socks, and President George W. Bush's Scottish terrier, Barney.
President Biden resumed the tradition in January with his two German Shepherds, Champ and Major, after President Donald J. Trump's tenure ended as the first in decades with no pets living in the residence full-time. Major was recently sent for training after a series of biting episodes.
He also posed with his tongue out for one official portrait of the White House and was the subject of a children's book, "Bo, America & # 39; s Commander in Leash" written by Naren Aryal and illustrated by Danny Moore.
In 2013, Bo was joined at the White House by a second Portuguese water dog, Sunny, after Ms. Obama said Bo needed more interaction with other dogs.
Ms. Obama said that although Bo was originally supposed to be a companion to Malia and Sasha, "We had no idea how much he would mean to all of us."
She said that the dog is a "constant, reassuring presence in our lives" sauntered into their office "as if he were the owner, a ball clamped tightly between his teeth".
He was there for the traditional Easter eggs on the South Lawn and when the Pope came to visit, she said.
After Malia and Sasha went to college, Bo helped the couple adjust to life as empty nesters, Ms. Obama said in a post. Instagram that was signed with "Michelle, Barack, Malia, Sasha and Sunny."
“Last year, when everyone was back home during the pandemic, no one was happier than Bo,” she wrote. "All his people were under one roof again – just like the day we got him."