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Bo Obama, then 6 months, greets the world with a smile – and a lei! – on April 12, 2009. A gift from the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, the Portuguese water dog was named by first daughters Sasha and Malia.
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And they’re off! President Barack Obama challenges his new pooch to a race through the White House halls on April 13. Bo was reportedly trained for several weeks before joining the First Family – though he didn’t yet know how to swim!
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SO IN STEP
Bo takes in his new surroundings on April 14 with his happy family in tow. Just after his arrival, President Obama told reporters that the perky pup would be allowed in the Oval Office, but not the presidential bed.
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Who’s walking who? President Obama relieves some stress on April 14 while jogging with his pup. Later that year, they’d share an even better moment: The announcement of Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize win on Bo’s birthday.
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Got it! Bo unwinds with a tennis ball in the White House’s Rose Garden – a great start to June! The black-and-white pooch had quite the summer, traveling to Martha’s Vineyard with his family.
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BO KNOWS BASEBALL
Bo poses prettily for his official baseball card, released in June. His goal: Make friends with foreign dognitaries, and enjoy more tomatoes – his favorite food!
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Did you get my best side? With a handler holding his “I❤ OBAMA” leash, Bo disembarks from Air Force One on Aug. 30 after his family’s Martha’s Vineyard trip, which included lots of naps.
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That’s the spot! Malia and Sasha give Bo a much-appreciated tummy rub on Sept. 15 as they wait for their dad to arrive home.
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Talk about a lucky pup! President Obama takes time out of a meeting on Oct. 29 – just three weeks after Bo’s first birthday – for a quick pat. We’re guessing both the B. Obamas appreciated the little break in the day!
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Bo makes his first formal appearance in late December, joining First Lady Michelle Obama for a visit to the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Good dog!
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THE WHITE STUFF
As D.C. digs out from a winter snowstorm, Bo Obama take advantage of the situation, romping around the South Lawn on Feb. 10.
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Don’t leave me! A woeful Bo watches as President Obama hops into his car in early March. What fun is a play day when your best playmate isn’t around?
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