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Bo, a Portuguese water dog is the new Obama puppy.


WASHINGTON--The Obama girls long awaited puppy is Bo, a 6-month-old Portuguese water dog.

The White House will make the official announcement later--the news leaked out first on a little known web site, with the Washington Post given the details.

From the Post's Manuel Roig-Franzia: 'The identity of the first puppy . leaked out yesterday . despite White House efforts to delay the news until the big debut planned for Tuesday afternoon. The little guy is a 6-month-old Portuguese water dog given to the Obama girls as a gift by that Portuguese water dog-lovin' senator himself, Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts. The girls named it Bo . Malia and Sasha chose the name, because their cousins have a cat named Bo and because first lady Michelle Obama's father was nicknamed Diddley, a source said. Bo's a handsome little guy. Well suited for formal occasions at the White House, he's got tuxedo-black fur, with a white chest, white paws and a rakish white goatee. . A mysterious Web site called published a picture of a Portie yesterday morning, complete with a Q and A with the dog, which it said was originally named Charlie."


This is an adorable dog and a good choice. I'm glad they didn't go with your basic poodle or chihuahua.

Love it, Love it, Love it !

I'm sorry, I can't get enough of this story, I'm a dog lover too.

Kudos to the U.S. First Family, I love them too.

Thank you Mr. President.

Please check out my website for dog health and training tips.

Well, another promise broken. This is not a shelter dog. Most likely the plan all along was to get a purebred dog from a breeder, and this whole charade about a shelter dog was to get votes. I listened to the news reports about this. Not one mentioned his broken promise. If it has been a republican president who did this, can you imagine the outcry?

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