Barack Obama

Obama family dog Bo, a ‘constant, gentle presence,’ dies

Obama family dog Bo, a ‘constant, gentle presence,’ dies

BO AND BARACK. US President Barack Obama runs with his new pet dog Bo, a six-month old male Portuguese water dog, on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, April 14, 2009.

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Former first lady Michelle Obama says Bo, 12, had been suffering from cancer

Former US President Barack Obama’s family dog Bo, a male Portuguese Water Dog with a mop of black and white fur who became a familiar playful sight around the White House, has died.

Obama announced the death late on Saturday, May 8, saying the dog had been “a constant, gentle presence in our lives – happy to see us on our good days, our bad days and everyday in between.”

“We will miss him dearly,” he said on Twitter.

His wife Michelle Obama said in a separate tweet that Bo, 12, had been suffering from cancer.

Bo came to the White House in 2009 soon after the start of Obama’s first term and was joined a few years later by a female of the same breed called Sunny.

Obama, who left office in 2017, praised Bo’s calm demeanor in the White House, saying the dog “had a big bark but no bite, loved to jump in the pool in summer, was unflappable with children, lived for scraps around the dinner table, and had great hair.” –