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Dog - The First Dog Bo
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Garden & White House Play Set
Family First Dog Bo
Family Dog Announcements, News, and Photos
Bo Goes for a Walk on the South Lawn and through the White House
The First Dog Bo is walked across the South Lawn and along the Colonnade
of the White House by White House horticulturist
Dale Haney. President Obama was nearby at a championship basketball
ceremony at the South Portico of the White House.
Bo Waits on the South Balcony of the White House When Obama Lands On the
The First Dog Bo waits on the South Balcony of the White House as Marine One lands on the White House
Barack Obama was returning to Washington, DC from Des Moines, Iowa on April 22, 2009.
Bo's Official Introduction to the Media at the White House
First Lady Michelle Obama leads Bo the new First Dog from the White
House to the South Lawn to introduce the Portuguese
Water Dog puppy to the media and the world. President Obama and daughters
Sasha and Malia joined in the highly anticipated
introduction. The Obama family took Bo for a run on the South Lawn after
the media greeting on April 14, 2009.
the White House YouTube of Bo's First Day at the White
House on April 14/09
Bo's First Day at the White House
The Obama family takes turns running and walking with the
rambunctious First Dog Bo on the South Lawn of the White House.
Bo showed his strength by almost pulling President Obama down when Bo
decided to run jerking the leash Obama was holding.
the C-SPAN YouTube of Bo's Introduction to the Media at the White House
on April 14/09
New Details on the Beginnings of Bo the First Dog
Bo's Texas breeders bred Senator Edward Kennedy's Portuguese water
dogs. The Massachusetts Democrat, an Obama friend and political ally,
also acquired a pup from Bo's litter of ten puppies. Bo's breeders are
fans of Obama and named Bo's litter the Hope and Change litter.
Bo's first owner lives in Washington. Bo was returned Art and Martha
Stern the breeders in early March, fitting the spring timeline the
Obamas had given for their new dog adoption.
Kennedy and his wife Victoria helped line Bo up with the Obamas.
Before moving into the White House, the pup spent nearly a month
with the Kennedys' dog trainer in Virginia.
In fact, Bo is a gift to the Obamas' daughters, Malia and Sasha, from
the Kennedys, said Katie McCormick Lelyveld, a spokeswoman for
First Lady Michelle Obama.
"They were starting their search with shelter dogs, but when the
learned of this dog and offered it as a gift to the girls, they met the
it was a perfect fit for their lifestyle and for Malia's health
said, adding that the Obamas are making a donation to the Washington
Humane Society. "Because this gift came before their pound search
was completed, they made a gift to some of the places they were
The puppy officially arrives Tuesday, April 14, 2009.
Breeders release photo of Bo at 6 1/2 weeks old.
the photos of "Bo"
the New White House dog
for a larger image.
Obama Family Choose a Portuguese Water Dog as the White House Family Pet
The White House releases photos of the new "First Dog" to
be renamed "Bo". Sasha and Malia recently met their new Portuguese
Water Dog puppy. The new White House family puppy is expected to arrive at the White House on
Tuesday, April 14, 2009.
Sasha and Malia
Receive a New Puppy to Be Named Bo
April 12, 2009
Post and Baltimore Sun Reports
Finally the long national wait is over: We know the identity of the Obama
family pet. The first dog is a 6-month-old Portuguese
water dog named Bo.
The dog was given by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass), who has three
Porties and who lobbied for the breed. The Obamas
decided to name the dog Bo for two reasons: 1. The girls, Sasha, 7,
and Malia, 10, have cousins with a cat named Bo and 2.
First Lady Michelle Obama's father was nicknamed Diddley, after the
singer Bo Diddley, according to the Washington Post.
"He's got tuxedo-black fur, with a white chest, white paws and a
rakish white goatee," the Post says.
Friday TMZ was reporting details about the first dog, including that
he's from a Texas breeder who sold the Kennedy family
their dogs. The dog was named Charlie but returned to the breeder. The
site also was reporting that the Kennedy dogs and
Charlie-now-Bo are from the same lineage. (This morning the site is
saying that reports that Kennedy gave the puppy to the
First Family as a gift are untrue. It is sticking to what it reported
Friday: The dog was re-homed by the kennel and the Kennedy
family only helped with the transfer.)
Yesterday a Web site called First Dog Charlie went up containing a
picture of what it said was the first dog. The White House
has called the picture "bogus," but the site's image
certainly looks like the Obama pet.
The White House had offered The Washington Post a puppy exclusive,
according to the paper. But as more information
leaked out yesterday, the time of releasing information
changed. The original plan at the White House was to share the
news at Bo's debut on Tuesday.
The family had a get-to-know-you session with the dog at the White
House a few weeks ago. "The Meeting," as it was called,
was a surprise for the girls. Bo dressed up for the occasion:
wearing a lei, according to the Post.
The dog was an instant hit. "He sat when the girls sat, stood when
the girls stood. He made no toileting 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," the Post says.
The family is said to still be working out sleeping
arrangements and feeding/walking plans for Bo.
The decision will make Labradoodle fans unhappy.. That was the other
breed in the running. The family focused on
Labradoodles and Portuguese water dogs because they are good
pets for allergy sufferers, as Malia is.
Animal groups strongly encouraged the Obamas to adopt a rescue
dog and are already expressing disappointment over
the family's choice. To show their support for shelters,
the Obamas are making a donation to the D.C. Humane Society.
Obama Family Choose a Portuguese Water Dog as the White House Family Pet
TMZ.com is reporting the First Dog will arrive at the White
House on April 14, 2009. The site says the black Portuguese
water dog is male, about six months old and named Charlie (although his
name will be changed). That syncs up with
some details out earlier this week from WBBM News Radio in Chicago.
The dog was bred at a kennel in Texas, sold and returned, according to
TMZ. There's even a Kennedy connection. The
dog came from the same lineage as Sen. Ted Kennedy's (D-Mass.) beloved
Portuguese water dogs, and the Kennedy
family is "presenting the new dog to the Obamas," according to the site.
In the photo above Senator Ted M. Kennedy
holds his 13-week old Portuguese Water Dog. First Lady Michelle Obama told People magazine she is considering a
Portuguese Water Dog for the family dog.
There is no official sourcing for any of this information, but it is intriguing.
Stay tuned at RE:Obama for more news
on the Obama's new family dog as it develops.
On April 10th President Obama classified the ETA for the first family's
dog as "top secret." When asked by a reporter
about the dog's arrival, the president replied, "Oh, man, now,
that's top secret."
During the planting of the White House garden on April 9 (see photos
below), First Lady
Michelle Obama was questioned
when the dog would turn up and said, "Soon...so soon," according to the
Obama Family's new Portuguese Water Dog comes from the same lineage as
Senator Ted Kennedy's Porties.
Dog - The Portuguese Water Dog - Facts, History, Photos and Temperament
and agile, yet lively and spirited, the Portuguese Water Dog is an
intelligent dog that loves to work and play. This
water loving dog is courageous and has plenty of stamina and enthusiasm
for everything that he does. These dogs love to be
in the thick of the action, whether it is work or play, and are not
suited to those with little time for their pets. The Portuguese
Water Dog needs plenty of exercise, as he is a very active and
physically demanding dog. They also require mental stimulation,
and will not take kindly to being ignored or neglected. Loyal and
loving, the Portuguese Water Dog will bark to raise an alarm,
making him an effective protector - the good news is that he doesn't
tend to bark unnecessarily. Destructive behavior can stem
from boredom with the Portuguese Water Dog, and these dogs also love to
chew, so keep plenty of appropriate toys to hand.
The Portuguese Water Dog is a friendly and confident dog, but can be
willful, obstinate, and challenging, which makes him best
suited to a confident owner with experience of dog ownership. He tends
to get along well with children, who he will treat as
friends, and with proper socialization also gets along with pets,
although he can sometimes be jealous or territorial. He is
usually polite - even friendly - with strangers when properly
socialized. The Portuguese Water Dog is a good choice of family
pet for active families with plenty of time to devote to a pet, but not
the right choice for those with little time or energy.
The Portuguese Water Dog is a medium sized dog with a sturdy, robust
build. He has a beautiful curly or wavy coat, which can
be clipped and shaped for show dogs. The coat comes in various colors,
including black, brown, and white. The Portuguese
Water Dog has an intelligent expression, and ears that hang down to the
side of his face. He also has distinctive webbed feet.
The height of the Portuguese Water Dog is around 17-21 inches for
females and 19-23 inches for males. These dogs weigh
in at around 34-50 pounds for females and 53-60 pounds for males.
Dog Life Expectancy
The life expectancy of the Portuguese Water Dog is around 12-14 years,
and this is a generally healthy breed.
Originating from the Algarve in Portugal, the Portuguese Water Dog
enjoys a long history. Used as a water retriever and to
help fishermen, the Portuguese Water Dog was registered with the
American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1983.
Portuguese Water Dog Facts
Portuguese Water Dogs once existed all along Portugal’s coast, where
they were taught to herd fish into fishermen’s nets,
to retrieve lost tackle or broken nets, and to act as couriers from ship
to ship, or ship to shore.
They have webbed feet, one of the reasons they’re such good swimmers.
Half the ships of the Spanish Armada had Portuguese water dogs to carry
messages from ship to ship.
In the native Portugal, the breed is known as Cão de Água but
elsewhere are called PWD or “Porties”for short.
They’re an extremely energetic breed; the breed standard describes
them as “very resistant to fatigue” and lists shyness
as a “major fault.”
Some believe that the breed may be traced as far back as 700 B.C.
to the wild Central-Asian steppes in terrain and waters
that assured to nourish ruggedness.
A Portuguese Water Dog is first described in 1297 in a monk’s account
of a drowning sailor who was pulled from the sea by
a dog with a “black coat, the hair long and rough, cut to the first
rib and with a tail tuft”
During their working days PWD’s were considered part of a ship’s
crew and got a share of both the money and fish earned
for the catch. After a fisherman retired, they would often have to rent
out their dogs for the extra cash.
PWD’s were the main feature of the Mystic Seaport Museum's exhibition
"Sea Tails" which recounted stories of four legged
bravery at sea.
Senator Kennedy’s two Portuguese Water Dogs, Sunny and Splash, are,
arguably, the most famous dogs in Washington.
- March, 2009
Obama Family Considering a Portuguese Water Dog for the White House
First Lady Michelle Obama tells People magazine she is
considering a Portuguese Water Dog for the family dog. Selection of a
new dog is likely in April after the Obama family takes a
Spring Break. Digit, a 3-year old Portuguese
Water Dog, is groomed
for the Westminster Kennel Club dog show on February 10, 2009 at Madison Square
Garden in New York (top right).
Obama To Get Daughters Sasha and Malia a New Dog for White House in April 2009
Barack Obama promotes dog adoption in a 2007 public relations photo for
dog adoption with the Lincoln Memorial in the
background. The three-logged poodle's name is Baby (left). The Winnipeg
Humane Society offered the Obama family a
rescued Labradoodle puppy on January 29, 2009 (right). President Obama
has been inundated with requests to adopt a dog.
On February 3, 2009 President Obama told CNN's Anderson Cooper that a
selection will likely be made in the spring of 2009.
On February 25, Michelle Obama told People magazine the family is
favoring a a Portuguese Water Dog as their pet dog.
the YouTube of President Obama discussing a dog for Sasha and Malia on
November 4, 2008
the YouTube of Michelle Obama discussing a dog for Sasha and Malia on
October 23, 2007
Lady Michelle Obama's White House Kitchen Garden
White House Garden's
fruits, vegetables, and herbs to be used in the White House kitchen.
First Lady Michelle Obama tends to her White House Kitchen Garden
with help from students of Bancroft Elementary
School. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack joined the group to
start the planting session, and White House Chefs carried
out the seedlings. After planting fruits and vegetables in
March the First Lady planted herbs this session.
First Lady Michelle Obama plants a White House Kitchen Garden with
the help of 5th graders from Bancroft Elementary School in Washington
DC. The White House Chefs joined in the garden groundbreaking that
features 25 different fruits and vegetables
that will be used in White House meals when ready for harvest in June.
Obama Gets an Outdoor Swing & Play Set for Sasha and Malia
White House lawn
takes on the appearance of a kid's playground with new play set.
20, 2009 & April 9, 2009
The Outdoor Swing and Play Set for Obama daughters Sasha and Malia
sits just outside the doors of the Oval Office of the
White House. On March 20, 2009 the outdoor wooden play set received
padding made of environmentally friendly recycled
tires which provide a cushion from a fall. The photo on the left was
taken on March 20, 2009 and the photo on the right was
taken on April 9, 2009. Nearby, Michelle Obama was planting at the White
House Kitchen Garden on both these days.
President Barack Obama leaves the White House on March 6, 2009, and passes by the new
outdoor play set purchased for
Sasha and Malia. The outdoor set was placed on the White House South
Lawn near the Oval Office on March 4, 2009. The
White House and buildings on the White House campus camp be seen in the
background of the play set.
- Obama Family at the White House - White House Dog, Swing Set, and