Bo and Sunny: The First Dogs Loved Their Presidential Duties

Posted by Christy Caplan
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Being the first dog(s) isn't easy, but Bo and Sunny were the perfect canines for the job. Presidential pets, Bo and Sunny, may have lived lives of luxury, but their days in the White House weren't all games of fetch and long naps.

The Portuguese Water Dogs had big jobs to do, and their popularity even warranted their own schedules, just like their dear ol' dad. With so many jobs to do and such a large following of fans, the dogs spent their days fulfilling both official and non-official duties.

We miss them!

They appeared at the White House Easter Egg Roll

Both dogs have been seen entertaining crowds at the annual Easter Egg Roll, cheering wounded service members, and offering comfort to hospitalized children. Bo also had a distinguished place next to Michelle Obama as she welcomed tourists and visiting dignitaries.

These canines took their positions as presidential pets seriously, and their furry faces are known across the country.

History behind "The First Dogs"

Bo, with his white chest setting him apart from the solid-black Sunny, was welcomed into the Obama family in April 2009.

He was a gift from Sen. Edward Kennedy and helped fulfill a promise President Obama made to his daughters. The President guaranteed that after the 2008 election, the girls could get a dog, and Bo soon became a valued member of the family.

Sunny, a female Portuguese Water Dog, came four years later to complete the picture.

What are the Obama's dogs up to now?

People.com reported that the first dogs had to get used to normal sounds like the doorbell!

"After the Obamas moved out of the White House in 2017, Bo and Sunny needed some time to adjust to living in a "regular" home in Washington, D.C. One of the biggest surprises for the pups was the addition of a doorbell, Michelle told Sarah Jessica Parker on the last stop on her Becoming book tour last December."

The first lady and former first family had to teach Bo Obama and Sunny Obama how to live more as "pet dogs."  Make sure to follow them on social media so you don't miss any pictures during the holiday season.

There were many official portraits taken with Bo and Sunny at the official White House.

The dog breed of the Obama family dog? These dogs are Portuguese Water Dogs. Whether they were in pictures in front of the White House Christmas Tree, state dinners, the rose garden, Martha's vineyard, holiday decorations, the oval office, and the south lawn these first dogs are adorable!

What dog breed will be the next dog of the United States? Do we need another White House dog?

Which of these first dogs is your fave? Please leave us a comment below.

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