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Obama family dog Bo dies following battle with cancer, Barack and Michelle Obama post tributes

Former President Barack Obama announced the Obama family dog Bo died Saturday following a battle with cancer, saying the Obamas "lost a true friend and loyal companion."

"For more than a decade, Bo was a constant, gentle presence in our lives—happy to see us on our good days, our bad days, and everyday in between," Obama said in a post on Twitter accompanied with a photo of him running side-by-side with Bo through the White House.

"He tolerated all the fuss that came with being in the White House, had a big bark but no bite, loved to jump in the pool in the summer, was unflappable with children, lived for scraps around the dinner table, and had great hair," he said. "He was exactly what we needed and more than we ever expected. We will miss him dearly."



Former first lady Michelle Obama said in an Instagram post the family "said goodbye to our best friend."

"On the campaign trail in 2008, we promised our daughters that we would get a puppy after the election. At the time, Bo was supposed to be a companion for the girls. We had no idea how much he would mean to all of us," she wrote, adding that Bo took part in the annual Easter Egg Roll on the White House South Lawn, flew on Air Force One and was there when the pope visited.

"This past year, with everyone back home during the pandemic, no one was happier than Bo," she said. "All his people were under one roof again—just like the day we got him. I will always be grateful that Bo and the girls got to spend so much time together at the end."



Bo, a Portuguese water dog, joined the Obamas in the White House in April 2009, shortly after Obama took office, according to the Obama Foundation.

In 2013, the Obamas added another Portuguese water dog, Sunny, to the family.





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