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article imageBarack Obama and the U.S. First Family get a second dog

By Marcus Hondro     Aug 20, 2013 in Politics
U.S. President Barack Obama and his family now have two dogs. The first family added another Portuguese water dog, Sunny, a female, who joins Bo, a male. They selected the breed in part because it is hypoallergenic.
"Sunny is the perfect little sister for Bo - full of energy and very affectionate," a White House statement read on Monday,. "And the first family picked her name because it fit her cheerful personality." Sunny was born in Michigan in 2012 and part of the reason for getting her was to give Bo more doggy interaction.
Both Michelle and Barack Obama tweeted about the new addition to the family, the first lady writing that she "was excited" to introduce the family's new member. Sunny is all-black while Bo is black with a white stripe along the chest and on the front half of his front legs. The two are shown in a video playing together on White House lawns.
Bo was born in Texas in 2008 and came to the Obamas as a gift from the late Senator Ted Kennedy in April of 2009. Named after the late American blues star, Bo Diddley, the Obama's daughters, Malia and Sasha, were the ones who decided on the name. It is Malia whose allergies require the family to get as close to a hypoallergenic dog as they can.
"We suspect Sunny will follow in Bo's footsteps," the White House statement said. "And keep the president company in the Oval Office, go for walks with the first family after their 6:30 family dinner and even jump up on the first lady's lap from time to time!"
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