Presidential Pets
August 19th, 2013
08:07 PM ET
1 year ago

New member of the Obama family introduced

Updated at 9:33 p.m. ET on 8/19

(CNN) – There's a new Obama in town.

Sunny – a female Portuguese Water Dog – is joining Bo as “first pet,” the White House announced Monday.

Photos showed the all-black animal roaming the White House North Lawn with what appeared to be a pink flamingo dog toy.

Bo, a male of the same breed, came to the White House shortly after the Obamas first arrived at the White House in 2009. The coats of Portuguese Water Dogs are hypoallergenic, meaning Sunny and Bo won't affect first daughter Malia's canine allergies.

In a post on the White House's website, Sunny is described as "full of energy and very affectionate," whose name was chosen to "fit her cheerful personality."

She was born in Michigan, and is just over a year old, the White House said.

Sunny’s coat is completely black - unlike Bo, who has black and white “tuxedo” markings on his chest and feet.

The Obamas made a donation to the Washington Humane Society in honor of their newest pet, the White House said.

Bo first arrived at the White House in April 2009, after months of speculation about which type of dog the Obamas would bring into the executive mansion. Obama made a campaign promise to his daughters that if he was elected president, they would get a new pet.

While the president originally expressed a desire to adopt a shelter dog, Bo eventually won out for his non-allergenic coat. He came from a breeder that was also favored by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.

The White House wasn’t Bo’s first home – he didn't fit in well with his first owners and was returned to the breeder. When Kennedy learned the puppy was available, he arranged to offer him to the Obamas.

Bo spent a month with Kennedy's trainer before coming to the White House. His name - which happens to be the president's initials - was explained by the first family as homage to the first lady's father, who went by the nickname Diddley.

Since arriving more than four years ago, Bo has appeared countless times with the Obamas, including in White House videos and photos. He donned bunny ears for a spot promoting the annual White House Easter Egg Roll this spring.

In their blog post Monday, the White House predicted a similar regimen for Sunny.

“We suspect Sunny will follow in Bo's footsteps and keep the President company in the Oval Office, go for walks with the First Family after their 6:30 family dinner and even ’jump up on the First Ladys lap from time to time!” the White House wrote.


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  1. Ted Testerson

    How is a foreign baby bigger news than an American dog? CNN hates America.

    August 19, 2013 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  2. Johnjon

    welcome home sunny.

    August 19, 2013 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  3. Dystopical

    oh sure, couldn't get an AMERICAN dog, communist.

    August 19, 2013 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  4. PWD Mom

    Please don't tell me these people are going to breed these dogs. PWD breeders have worked very hard to raise, train, show, and research pedigrees to better the breed. We don't need the Obamas encouraging back yard breeders who just want to profit from dog sales.

    August 19, 2013 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  5. Diane

    NICE DOGS!!!!! And a good idea to have two!!!

    August 19, 2013 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  6. Gloria

    Now I am looking forward to reading all the negative comments about the Obamas' purchase of a new dog! It may take awhile, but surely the negative comments will surface. As for myself, I am happy for the family and also for Bo, who now has a companion.

    August 19, 2013 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  7. EnoughIsEnough

    Does this one get its own aircraft as well?

    August 19, 2013 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  8. Mike

    Puff piece, ok, but why is it in Politics?

    August 19, 2013 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  9. TheUnfortunateTruthiness

    Country mad at you for spying? Get a dog! Everyone likes dogs.

    August 19, 2013 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  10. mark

    The Obamas donation was US taxpayer money nonetheless so I assume it was somewhere around a $25,000,000 donation.

    August 19, 2013 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  11. JM

    Aw, that's great. Bo needs a buddy.

    August 19, 2013 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  12. Mayfray

    Rescue dogs and public schools, couldn't be a better example of progressive living. Nice.

    August 19, 2013 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  13. Anthony

    Just another Obama for whom the taxpayers will pay

    August 19, 2013 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  14. glk20c

    Royal baby. King Obama's new dog. Such serious issues page one CNN!

    August 19, 2013 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  15. DonInLA

    Ha ha, pretty dog but I hope she's spayed and/or he's neutered or we'll be regularly reading that the Obama's have a new dog!!

    August 19, 2013 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  16. Spider17

    I hope he treats his dogs better than the country he is supposed to run.

    August 19, 2013 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  17. Chris

    Uh, oh. I predict little puppies in the future.

    August 19, 2013 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  18. arkmark

    Well if they follow their narcissistic tendencies the dog will be named MO

    August 19, 2013 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain

    Too cute! Now Bo will have a four-legged friend to keep him company!

    August 19, 2013 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  20. Roy

    And let the "Why is this news" rants begin! :)

    August 19, 2013 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  21. Keith

    This is what CNN calls News?
    This is the #2 lead story!
    When did this become "The CNN Enquirer"?

    August 19, 2013 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  22. Name ace1969

    Big flippen deal.....

    August 19, 2013 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  23. point-Iit-out

    Why not? Anything to keep eyes off of dictator obamas scandals and $100, 000, 000 vacations....helping africa with $7 billion instead of Americans....and trying to start a race war so dictator obamas can declare himself presdient indefinitely. Americans aren't as dumb as these dictators think! !

    August 19, 2013 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  24. georgieboy

    There is no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog, according to James T C Li, M.D., Ph.D. And people who tell you that are not telling the truth. It's the protein in their saliva and urine and as far as I know, all dogs lick themselves and pee.

    August 19, 2013 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  25. Jeff Spangler

    Which one is which? C'mon photo caption editors. Inquiring minds want to know.

    August 19, 2013 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
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