August 19th, 2013
08:07 PM ET
5 years 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. skfalcon

    those dogs will live a better life than some americans.

    August 19, 2013 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    Is this a news? Pathetic. Fix economy, green-energy, infrastructure–these are the burning issue, don't be stupid, idiotic.

    August 19, 2013 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  3. TwiStidGuy

    All at taxpayers expense...

    August 19, 2013 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  4. missyrocks5

    So cute! I understand that they need to make sure it is hypoallergenic dog so they could not adopt. I'm glad they made a donation to the Humane Society. She is absolutely beautiful.

    August 19, 2013 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  5. Johnny DC

    Hooray! For once, a puff piece about Obama.

    August 19, 2013 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  6. tim

    Alrighty then, I love the family and the pets. So I'll be nice. I am a dog lover by the way, did you know?

    August 19, 2013 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  7. Al

    We're going to need another helicopter!

    August 19, 2013 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  8. Smeagel4T

    Where are all the Foxhead to tell us how terrible this is?

    August 19, 2013 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  9. Bill D.

    In the picture they look like they've made friends already. Now if the prez and congress could only do the same thing.

    August 19, 2013 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  10. taffylinden

    A sweet story. Now for all the whiny posts about how this isn't news, and who cares, and all the negativity light news stories like this always seem to engender. After reading all the bad news, I enjoy reading an occasional happy news story like this one.

    August 19, 2013 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  11. leigh

    I love when people who I know will take care of them get new dogs! Such a fun time.

    August 19, 2013 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  12. Gary Williams

    May I say with respect.... Who cares??? There's much more important news out there... Thanks

    August 19, 2013 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  13. Newsguy

    Why is this even on here? Who honestly cares?

    August 19, 2013 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  14. johnnyc

    Those two are the coolest and most intelligent couple in the White House by far!!

    August 19, 2013 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  15. TheScampiCat

    Even though Sunny came from a breeder, likely with the highest of pedigree and price, I applaud the Obama family for making it two and donating to the Washington Humane Society. I'd be even more impressed if the girls spent a couple of Saturdays a week cleaning cages and working a table event or two.

    August 19, 2013 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  16. Sunny

    I am so glad this is news.

    August 19, 2013 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  17. PJ

    Great dogs! but all dogs are great. The Humane Society can use all the help they can get, so
    good for them.

    August 19, 2013 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  18. Dan Thomas

    Do we, the taxpayers, now get to pay $10,000 per hour to transport each dog separately on presidential trips or will they be able to travel together? Far be it for the President to take his dog along on Air Force One or leave it at the White House out of consideration for the people who now owe $16 trillion for the National Debt.

    August 19, 2013 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  19. bart

    Adopting a pet from the Humane Society and then publicizing the heck out of it would have done so much more for the huge problem of unwanted animals we have. Adopting a boutique breed and then giving a donation doesnt cut it.

    August 19, 2013 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  20. Sorkh Razil

    Liberal loving media just loves the Obamas!

    August 19, 2013 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  21. Michael

    This sure is real news... Guess CNN is phoning it in from China.

    August 19, 2013 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  22. Allison Powers

    Will they remember to take this one on vacation? Or will they be fetching dogs via helicopter all the time? Does this one also get it's own personal trainer? Excuse me if I'm not impressed.

    August 19, 2013 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  23. marius pascal

    Before Bo, Portugese Water Dogs cold be purchased for $600 to $800 and I've been waiting for years to get one – both my wife and I have serious allergies and breathing issues. Now they're $2,900 to $3,000! Like everything else they touch or think up!

    August 19, 2013 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  24. Maxie

    What beautiful puppies these two will make if that is the plan! Beautiful dogs, looks like the family made two good choices.

    August 19, 2013 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  25. Newellz

    Breed them.

    August 19, 2013 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
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