Meet Bo, The Obamas' New Dog

The country's faltering economy? Piracy at high seas? Concerns about terrorism? Nay, the biggest story in Washington DC these past couple of days revolve around a dog. But not just any dog: he's Bo, the cute Obama dog!

The identity of the first puppy -- the one that the Washington press corps has been yelping about for months, the one President Obama has seemed to delight in dropping hints about -- leaked out Saturday.

The little guy is a six-month-old Portuguese water dog given to the Obama girls as a gift by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts. Malia and Sasha named it Bo. [...]

A secret get-acquainted session with the family occurred at the White House a few weeks ago. The visit, known around the White House as "The Meeting," was a surprise for the girls. Bo charmed the first family, a source who was there said. He sat when the girls sat, stood when the girls stood. He made no toilet errors and did not gnaw on the furniture. Bo has, after all, been receiving lessons in good behavior from the Kennedys' dog trainers. These lessons have been taking place at a secret, undisclosed location outside Washington.

Link (Photo: Pete Souza / White House)


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The dog was a good choice (actually one I'd suggested on-line) and a gift from a friend (not one they bred by the way). I rescued dogs for 19yrs and while I firmly believe in rescueing/adopting...shelter dogs have unknown histories with probable issues....this is the Presidents family dog...seen with people like the Queen of England and living with his young girls. They needed a young dog without prior issues, of an appropriate breed. Not one that they find out 6mths later has aggression issues when it sees someone in a hat. With the current trend of marking a dog vicous for killing a cat (something that comes naturally, like the cat killing birds)...not sure we could forgive the Presidents dog for biting the Queen.
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For goodness sakes people, the dog was a GIFT from Sen. Ted Kennedy, (who, buy the way, is suffering from Brain Cancer)! The Obamas"s are planning to make a donation to the Washington Humane Society. Some of you people need to stop griping about Bo the dog, because there are far more important issues going on in the world! All of you that are the gripers just need to Stop! You need to get a grip & get a life! If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all!
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The news here (Chicago 101.9 radio) was reporting the Bo was a dog that was not a good fit for another family. Not sure of the accuracy and it's been a long hard day for me to do my whole 'queen of google' routine.

They got what they decided is the best dog for them.

Yes, a rescue (if it isn't sort of one already) would have been "ideal," but that isn't always the best for the animal or family. They did give an animal a loving caring home with what is probably a pretty pampered existence. Though I see Michelle teaching responsibility and other life lessons to the girls by making them do dog chores.
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WHATS THE FIRST THING OBAMA DOES WHEN HE BECOMES PRESIDENT?
Gets a bloody dog for his kids and thinks
"who cares about politics, I want a dog."

PS.Bo-what a name for a presidents dog-Just as well the kids named it!
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