It’s hard to believe that Bo once was this tiny, but he was. With the help of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy and his wife, the puppy went from a breeder to a Virginia dog trainer, and finally, to the White House.
The lucky 6-month-old pup, who got his name from Sasha and Malia Obama, meets his public as the First Dog when he arrives at the White House on April 14, 2009. He does it Hawaiian-style, with a colorful lei.
Getting a dog was part of a campaign promise President Barack Obama made when he became president elect in 2008: “I love you both more than you imagine,” he said to his daughters. “You have earned the puppy that is coming with us to the White House.”
The President took Bo to Petsmart in December 2011 for a little last-minute Christmas shopping. While at the store, the pooch encountered a small brown standard poodle named Cinnamon, prompting the President to say, “OK, Bo, don’t get too personal here.”