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. ED1

    More wasted tax dollars thank you.

    Somebody will be paid to take care of and watch the dogs at our expense again.

    Thanks Obama for more wasted spending of our tax dollars.

    CNN this is really up there with your top news reports too.

    August 19, 2013 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  2. Bird

    so you KNOW they are going to plan to breed these "dogs" in the future......... wonder if that will be a deduction from their IRS filing........ are they covered by ObamaCare for pregnancy in the future? Things that make you say hmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    August 19, 2013 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  3. LinSea

    So does the new dog have to fly in the same helicopter as Bo? Or does she get her own chopper?

    August 19, 2013 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  4. PCPhillips

    Beautiful dog! Thank you, President and Mrs. Obama, for supporting the humane society!

    August 19, 2013 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  5. Ed

    Cute dogs but come on BO for A name dog?

    August 19, 2013 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  6. Luke

    Oh thank goodness! I'm going to sleep so much better now knowing that there is a new dog in the White House.

    August 19, 2013 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  7. Stacey A. M. Thomas

    I am glad Bo got Sunny as a companion. They are very lucky to be members of the first family. I hope they offer the Obama's many years of love & happiness. Theres nothing like a pet that you love. Congratulations on your new addition Obama, one of your biggest supporters & fans!!!

    August 19, 2013 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  8. Bob Hope's Ghost

    oh great, now they'll use 2 aircraft to transport their pets

    August 19, 2013 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  9. 1benza

    Cue flaming from left for not adopting. Cue flaming from right for wasting taxpayer money. Cue flaming from middle for not getting a cat.

    August 20, 2013 12:07 am at 12:07 am |

    He cant even run a country what makes you think he can take care of a dog?

    August 20, 2013 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  11. AZ Woman

    AHHHH... Bo has a girlfriend! Can I have one of the puppies???

    August 20, 2013 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  12. Bigdoglv

    Guess we need another airplane.

    August 20, 2013 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  13. Pendy

    Does she get her own airplane and entourage like Bo?

    August 20, 2013 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  14. The NSA is stealing our freedom...

    and you report about dogs and celebrities.

    Nice reporting CNN!

    August 20, 2013 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  15. dmz

    BREAKING NEWS: Obama gets a new dog!

    August 20, 2013 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  16. Nothing At All

    When in Washington and needing a friend, get a dog.

    August 20, 2013 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  17. Patrick Henry

    It is a shame there isnt a new President instead.

    August 20, 2013 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  18. Mark

    This just in: Conservatives decry the close relationship this PORTUGUESE water dog will have with the President. Obama will likely pass important secrets on to this agent of America's greatest enemy: Portugal... which Sarah Palin tells us is somewhere kinda near Russia.

    August 20, 2013 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  19. Vicki

    I love my dogs and am always happy for any family to get a new dog for the family. So I am glad they got Sunny.

    August 20, 2013 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  20. Banda A Simelane

    I saw Sunny's pictures on Obama facebook page she's lovely and looks healthy

    August 20, 2013 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  21. Fiona

    There is NO SUCH THING as a hypoallergenic dog coat. Stop spreading that fallacy.

    If the Obamas br_eed those dogs (yes, that is a censorable word here), that will be the last shred of respect I have for them gone. There are too many wonderful dogs abandoned and killed in this country, every day.

    August 20, 2013 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  22. Dee

    Disappointing. I remember when Obama first talked about adopting from a shelter where he could have really made a difference in helping homeless animals. The donation made is nothing compared to the difference he could have made. I am becoming less and less impressed with him as time goes on.

    August 20, 2013 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  23. ralphco

    In other news – something important happened today

    August 20, 2013 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  24. CarolMaeWY

    Bo was a gift from Sen. Kennedy.

    August 20, 2013 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  25. judewalker0220

    See, he got a female to go with his male dog, other wise, why not get another male dog. Obama sold out on his beliefs.

    August 20, 2013 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
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