Presidential Pets
August 19th, 2013
08:07 PM ET
8 months 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. Woman In California

    What an adorable story and welcome Sunny to the First Family. You are just as lovely as Bo. Now, let the hate begin by those who are so miserable inside that they can't contain themselves.

    August 19, 2013 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  2. Barrie

    The fact that this story even makes the evening news on CNN simply proves what a toady the news media have become to Obama. This is a totally non-news event, yet the lamestream media treat it as if it were the lead story of the day. Long gone are the days when the press was the watchdog of the politicians; today, they are the lapdog.

    August 19, 2013 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  3. ajjordan

    too.bad.that.there.is Is not more news that is so uplifing.

    August 19, 2013 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  4. trilly3807

    Where is the outrage that this isn't news? C'mon all you trolls, you're slackin' off!

    I love vid of happy healthy dogs. Sunny will be a great playmate for Bo & help burn up some of that energy that those type of dogs have.

    The article said the Obamas made a donation to the Washington Humane Society, so don't even start on the purebred vs. shelter dog argument.

    August 19, 2013 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  5. wobbles

    Will it get it's own helicopter like the other or will it have to "endure the hardships of the sequester" and have to fly with the other one? What a pathetic president we have. He places no value on the tax money we send to Washington. He lives like a king while we live like serfs.

    August 19, 2013 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  6. Bud

    OK, how much did this dog run us $??..I'd like to deduct it at tax time.

    August 19, 2013 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  7. iBod

    Two is always better than one! :-)
    Congratulations on the newest addition to the family, Mr. President!

    August 19, 2013 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  8. Bonnie Dowling

    As my breeder told me, Porties are like potato chips....you can't have just one! We have 2 (a male and a female) and I wouldn't go back to having just one...they are too much fun together.

    August 19, 2013 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  9. Alexx

    Why is this news? It's so irrelevant to life and the real things going on around us.

    August 19, 2013 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  10. Daniel

    How much is that going to cost us?

    August 19, 2013 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  11. Cassie Shepherd

    Another opportunity to set a good example, gone! He was going to adopt a shelter dog then got Bo. This time...again a breeder dog. The donation to the Washington Humane Society did not save the life of the dog he could have adopted. That dog, & millions of others dies because he & people like him are part of the problem & not the solution to the heartbreaking problem of pet overpopulation. Just another broken promise Mr. President,,,

    August 19, 2013 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Can CNN live up to its reputation and stop reporting irrelevant news to the American people. I voted for Obama but I really don't care how many dogs his family has. I am not interested in his private life.

    August 19, 2013 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  13. cali girl

    So cute!

    August 19, 2013 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  14. Alan Mueller

    I hope it can ride on the same plane as the other one,

    August 19, 2013 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  15. Josh

    No one cares.

    August 19, 2013 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  16. JamesinOKC

    I have to wonder if this dog will also get multi-million dollar Osprey rides like Bo did on there last vacation....all at the tax payers expense. Ahhh, its great to be king and queen of America and tell us commoners to "eat cake"......

    August 19, 2013 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  17. k9zgirl

    I am happy for Bo, he has some company:) Kudos for the donation. Congrats Sunny on your new forever home!

    August 19, 2013 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  18. Tim

    Cool. It would be much nicer for them to adopt a dog but I understand their reasoning. It's always nice to read an article that isn't a huge flame war about death and oil.

    August 19, 2013 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  19. Misdirection

    Classic misdirection from real issues. Hide behind a smoke screen of unimportant fluff stories.

    August 19, 2013 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Awesome. How much is this going to cost me.

    August 19, 2013 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  21. Amazed

    What a coincidence that I researched Belgian and Portuguese Water dogs TODAY! They are beautiful dogs and excellent choices for pets. I am happy for the family. Nice news for a change!

    August 19, 2013 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  22. Thomas

    Great. Another animal we pay to have airlifted around the world...

    August 19, 2013 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  23. dan

    great another mouth we have to feed and care for on the tax payers dime.

    August 19, 2013 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  24. Allan

    I bet they have a pet groomer on staff now

    August 19, 2013 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  25. Name

    Ummm... There's no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog. A dog is a dog. More lies from the White House.

    August 19, 2013 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
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