Former President Barack Obama announced that the Obama family dog, Bo, died from a battle with cancer on Saturday, saying the Obamas “have lost a true friend and faithful companion.”
“For over a decade, Bo was a constant and gentle presence in our lives – happy to see us on our good days, our bad days and every day in between,” Obama said in a post on Twitter accompanied by a photo of him running side by side with Bo through the White House.
“He tolerated all the commotion that came with being in the White House, had a big bark but no bite, loved jumping in the pool in the summer, was unfazed with the kids, lived for scraps around the dinner table and had great hair, ”he said.“ He was exactly what we needed and more than we expected. He will be sorely missed. “
Former First Lady Michelle Obama said in an Instagram post that the family “said goodbye to our best friend.”
“During the 2008 election campaign, we promised our daughters that we would have a puppy after the election. Back then, Bo was supposed to be a companion for girls. We had no idea what it would mean to all of us. She wrote, adding that Bo took part in the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House, flew on Air Force One and was there when the Pope visited.
“Last year, with everyone at home during the pandemic, no one was happier than Bo,” she said. “All of his people were under one roof again – like the day we had him. I’ll always be grateful that Bo and the girls got to spend so much time together at the end.”
Bo, a Portuguese water dog, joined the Obamas in the White House in April 2009, shortly after Obama took office, according to the Obama Foundation.
In 2013, the Obamas added another Portuguese water dog, Sunny, to the family.