Bo Obama's anniversary: First year as First Dog (PHOTOS)
The most adorable non-school-age member of the Obama family -- first dog Bo -- celebrated his first year in office on Wednesday with little fanfare, not even a mention on the White House Web site. But then, the Portuguese water dog may not realize he's internationally famous.
A gift from the late Ted Kennedy, Bo was born in October 2008 (pedigree name: Amigo's New Hope) and briefly lived with another family before making his formal White House debut last spring. Since then his major job has been to look increasingly cute in photos (Bo racing on the South Lawn, giving Oprah a high-five, barking at Santa, frolicking in his first snow). He has also made the first family even more all-American: The first lady walks him in the morning, the president at night.
"We go out, and we're walking, and I'm picking up poop, and in the background is the beautifully lit White House," he -- the president, not Bo -- told a reporter last fall. "It's quite a moment."
The puppy brought instant fame to the relatively obscure breed. "Oh, you have the Obamas' dog!" people always say to Shannon Stagg when they see her three Porties. The president of the tri-state PWD club loves to reply: "No, the Obamas have our dog."
He also helped the public identify dogs suitable for people with allergies, said Lisa Peterson, spokeswoman for the American Kennel Club, and "started a great national conversation about responsible dog ownership." The family went through the entire process -- researching breeds, looking at shelter adoption, finding dogs that could work with Malia's allergies -- before settling on Bo. "I think they did an exceptional job. They're an active family; the match couldn't be better."
Now there are books, T-shirts, blogs and a White House baseball card devoted to Bo. But unlike Socks or Barney (and the hysterical Barney Cam), there's no page on the White House site about the reigning first dog.
In the meanwhile, he'll have to settle for being a star. Last month the History Channel's "Life After People" series had Bo wandering through the empty White House, then clamming on the Chesapeake Bay and living on seafood. Well, he is a water dog.
SEE ALSO: A gallery of Bo's first year in photos.
The Reliable Source
April 15, 2010; 1:02 AM ET
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