April 12, 2009

And the winner is..... Bo, the Portuguese water dog!

At last! The announcement the nation has been waiting for: President Obama makes good on his promise to his daughters and gets them a puppy. From the Washington Post:
The little guy is a 6-month-old Portuguese water dog given to the Obama girls as a gift by that Portuguese water dog-lovin' senator himself, Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts. The girls named it Bo -- and let it be noted that you learned that here first. Malia and Sasha chose the name because their cousins have a cat named Bo and because first lady Michelle Obama’s father was nicknamed Diddley, a source said. (Get it? Bo … Diddley?).
This will be quite a boost for the breed. I'm sure many people have never heard of Portuguese water dogs. And in case people get annoyed that the Obamas didn't pick a dog from a shelter: Senator Kennedy offered the dog to the Obamas after it turned out that its previous owners did not want him any longer.

Welcome, Bo! I'm sure we will see and read a lot about you in the months and years to come.

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