The Obamas finally have their puppy. President Obama and First Lady Michelle are set to announce the First Dog’s arrival in a press conference April 14 — but the news has already leaked.
The most anticipated dog in the nation has already met the Obamas and it was love at first sight.
A six-month-old Portuguese Water Dog was named Bo by Sasha and Malia Obama. The First Daughters chose the name because the family’s cousins have a cat named Bo, and Michelle’s father was nicknamed Diddley, in reference to the legendary Bo Diddley.Bo is a gift from Senator Edward Kennedy to the First Family and is one of the few breeds that is good with children with allergies. A very active dog, the Humane Society of the United States stresses that these dogs need lots of room to run. Good thing the White House has a few lawns!Bo was first introduced to Sasha, Malia, Michelle and President Obama a few weeks earlier in a meet-and-greet session to ensure everybody got along. Sasha and Malia immediately fell in love. Apparently, Bo is quite a smart dog and knows who’s boss. As soon as the President got up from a family pet session with Bo, the puppy excused himself as well and followed President Obama obediently.The Obamas received the pup as a gift from Ted Kennedy who had inherited the Portuguese Water Dog from a family friend that had decided not to keep him. Although technically a rescue dog, Bo is not truly a rescued canine in the truest sense of the phrase. The Obamas promised to adopt from a local shelter when they came to the White House.The reality of that seemed harder as time went on and the demands of what the First Family would need from a First Dog. Between the allergy issue, the fact that Bo was trained by the Kennedy’s dog trainer was also a huge selling point for the President and the First Lady.On a side note, the Obama family made a donation to the Washington D.C. area Humane Society.