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Bo the Dog Has Crossed the Rainbow Bridge

Bo the Dog is a big guy with fluffy-curly poodle-like fur that curls over his eyes. He sits on the grass of the South Lawn with the White House in the background. We'd swear that he was smiling.Bo in 2009. (Official White House photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Bo the Dog has died, sad to say. The former First Dog passed away at age 12 after a bout with cancer, said his owner and pal Michelle Obama:


Poor guy! Bo joined the Obamas at the White House a few months after Barack Obama took office in January of 2020. He was the payoff to the promise Obama made to his daughters the night he was elected: “You have earned the new puppy that’s coming with us to the White House.”

Photo of Bo the Dog

(Carrie Devorah / WENN)

Photo of Bo the Dog

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Photo of Bo the Dog

(Official White House photograph by Pete Souza)

Everyone seemed to like Bo, who was a good egg as well as a good political prop. (It’s no coincidence that every president from Harry Truman through Barack Obama either had a dog or decided to get one once they were in the White House.) Bo also had no known record of biting anyone around the executive mansion, unlike some other frisky dogs who will go unnamed.

Photo of Bo the Dog

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

So long, Bo! Good job, buddy.

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