Former President Barack Obama’s family dog, Bo, died Saturday at the age of 12.
The Washington Examiner reported that Bo was a Portuguese water dog. Born in October 2008, he joined the Obama family in the White House as the “first pet” in April 2009.
The Obamas added another dog, Sunny, to their pack in 2013.
Former first dog dead
Bo in particular was a mainstay in the eyes of Americans throughout President Obama’s tenure in the White House, as well as on the campaign trail in 2012.
The former president announced the dog’s death in a threat of tweets on Saturday.
“Today our family lost a true friend and loyal companion,” he wrote, as the Examiner reported. “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 added.
“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,” the ex-president continued.
“He was exactly what we needed and more than we ever expected,” Obama said. “We will miss him dearly.”
He was exactly what we needed and more than we ever expected. We will miss him dearly. pic.twitter.com/CHweCxwJ7a
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 8, 2021
“Give them a belly rub”
Former First Lady Michelle Obama also shared a message about the loss of Bo, who she said died of cancer.
“This afternoon was a difficult one for our family,” she wrote. “Please hug the furry members of your family a little closer tonight — and give them a belly rub from us.”
This afternoon was a difficult one for our family. We said goodbye to our best friend—Bo—after a battle with cancer. We are grateful for 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. pic.twitter.com/zOk3SPABsT
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) May 8, 2021