Barack & Michelle Obama announce the death of treasured family dog Bo
Former President Barack Obama confirmed the death of the family dog, 12-year-old Bo, on Saturday. Former first lady Michelle Obama confirmed the cause of death was cancer. The Portuguese Water Dog joined their family in 2009.
“Today our family lost a true friend and loyal companion,” he wrote on Instagram. “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.”
He added: “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 was exactly what we needed and more than we ever expected. We will miss him dearly.”
The former first lady shared how much Bo meant alot to the entire family, especially as she and her husband were navigating the White House.
“This afternoon was a difficult one for our family,” she wrote on Instagram. ” We said goodbye to our best friend -our dog, Bo – after a battle with cancer. 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.”
“He was there when the girls came home from school, greeting them with a wag,” she wrote. “He was there when Barack and I needed a break, sauntering into one of our offices like he owned the place, a ball clamped firmly in his teeth. And when our lives slowed down, he was there, too – helping us see the girls off to college and adjust to life as empty nesters.”
She added: “This past year, with everyone back home during the pandemic, no one was happier than Bo. 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.”