Being the dogs of the President of the United States is no walk in the park, as Bo and Sunny Obama know well.
According to their mother, First Lady Michelle Obama, the two Portuguese Water Dogs follow a demanding schedule, which begins every morning when Bo helps Head Groundskeeper Dale Haney.
“He leaves every morning and he goes down with Dale… and he’s with all the National Park Service guys,” Michelle Obama told the Associated Press. “And you’ll see him, and he’s like walking around with them and looking at the plants. I think he thinks he has a job because he takes it very seriously. So if I go out and see him, he kind of ignores me when he’s with his worker crew people.”
During their years in the White House, the First Dogs have made an appearance at the annual Easter Egg Roll and have joined the First Lady when she visits children in the hospital every year before Christmas. When Pope Francis visited the White House, the dogs even received holy pats from the leader of the Roman Catholic Church.
“Everybody wants to see them and take pictures,” said Michelle Obama. “I get a memo at the beginning of the month with a request for their schedules, and I have to approve their appearances.”
Seven-year-old Bo was the first to join the Obama family back in April 2009, right after Barack Obama won the election and took office. Bo was a gift from Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), who supported Obama throughout his 2008 presidential campaign. Four years later in August 2013, Sunny joined the family.
Though the two dogs follow a rigid schedule, their mom still allows them time to run around and play with one another—because honestly, what dog could resist playing in a lawn as big as the White House’s?
“They can sit on my lap, they sit on my chair, they cuddle with me,” said Michelle. “I like to lay on the floor with them and blow in their face. I like to make them run and chase each other. But they’re so cute, I just love to just cuddle them and massage them.”
Bo and Sunny follow in the footsteps of such First Dogs as Barney Bush, who had his own official web page, and Buddy Clinton, who was the inspiration behind Dear Socks, Dear Buddy: Kids’ Letters to the First Pets.
Keep up the good work, boys!
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H/T to New York Post