Former President Barack Obama’s Family Dog Bo Dies

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Former President Barack Obama announced Saturday his family’s dog Bo has died.

“Today our family lost a true friend and loyal companion. For more than a decade, Bo was a constant, gentle presence in our lives-happy to see us on our good days, our bad days, and every day in between,” Obama tweeted along with photos of the pooch. “He tolerated all the fuss that came with being in the White House, had a big bark but no bite, loved to jump in the pool in the summer, was unflappable with children, lived for scraps around the dinner table, and had great hair.”

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Bo, a Portuguese Water Dog, joined the Obama family in 2009 when he was six months old. The dog was a gift from late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass).

Former first lady Michelle Obama remembered Bo on Instagram Saturday and described him as a “comforting presence.”

“This afternoon was a difficult one for our family. We said goodbye to our best friend—our dog, Bo—after a battle with cancer,” she captioned a series of photos of Bo. “For more than a decade, Bo was a constant, comforting presence in our lives. He was there when the girls came home from school, greeting them with a wag. He was there when Barack and I needed a break, sauntering into one of our offices like he owned the place, a ball clamped firmly in his teeth. He was there when we flew on Air Force One, when tens of thousands flocked to the South Lawn for the Easter Egg Roll, and when the Pope came to visit. And when our lives slowed down, he was there, too—helping us see the girls off to college and adjust to life as empty nesters.”

Bo was one of two Portuguese Water Dog owned by the Obamas. The other pooch named Sunny is all black, while Bo had white patches on his chest and front paws.

Mrs. Obama concluded, “We also know we weren’t the only ones who cared for Bo, and are grateful for all the love you showed him over the years. Please hug the furry members of your family a little closer tonight—and give them a belly rub from us. —Michelle, Barack, Malia, Sasha, and Sunny.”