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Hail to the Pooch: Saluting First Dog Bo on Presidents' Day

Feb 20 2012 - 2:45pm

As we pay homage to this nation's highest office today, it's also the perfect time to celebrate the commander in chief's best friend. First Dog Bo has snuggled himself into the hearts of the Obama family, White House staff, foreign dignitaries, and the American public with his curly, cuddly fur, even-keeled temperament, and deep, soulful eyes. He's also put Portuguese Water Dogs on the map for many folks who had never heard of the breed before this pup paraded across the White House lawn [1] in 2009. So happy Presidents' Day, Bo! We hope your day brims with treats, naps, and a gallop across the South Lawn!

Off and Running

Bo and the president take a gallop poll of the East Colonnade during Bo's first visit to the White House in March 2009.

Source: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza [2]

Don't Chew on These!

Bo attempts to nibble the soles of White House Deputy Director of Oval Office Operations Brian Mosteller.

Source: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza [3]

Bo Achieves the Nation's Highest Office

Bo answers the age-old question: When will a dog make it to the Oval Office?

Source: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza [4]

I Want to Run to You

Bo and the president play on the White House lawn.

Source: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza [5]

Up, Up, and Away!

Bo crosses the tarmac for the annual family trip to Martha's Vineyard.

Source: Getty [6]

Getting on the President's Detail

Bo's perhaps the only person allowed to chase the president without being tackled by Secret Service agents.

Source: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza [7]

White House Top Dog

Hanging out on the South Lawn on a sunny day.

Source: Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy [8]

Snoozing

Bo's allowed to sleep on the job.

Source: Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy [9]

Jetsetter

Bo's nerves are as steady as a military general during the helicopter flight to Martha's Vineyard.

Source: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza [10]

Dog's First Christmas

Bo receives important guests in the Diplomatic Reception Room during his first Christmas in the White House.

Source: Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton [11]

Family Snow Day

A snowstorm is no match for the playing power of Bo, the first lady, Sasha, and Malia.

Source: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza [12]

Feel That Winter Chill!

Thank goodness for shaggy coats! Bo can't get enough of the snow!

Source: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza [13]

Up Close and Personal

Bo has a quiet moment in the Rose Garden.

Source: Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy [14]

Picture Perfect

Bo's a striking image under pink blossoms in the White House Rose Garden.

Source: Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy [15]

Getting Schooled

First Lady Michelle Obama teaches Bo a thing or two on the South Lawn.

Source: Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton [16]

That's the Ballgame

Nothing beats playtime with the president!

Source: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza [17]

All in a Day's Work

Bo and the president have important meetings to attend.

Source: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza [18]

On the Outside Looking In

Peering into the Outer Oval Office, Bo wonders why he's left out of the historic decision making.

Source: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza [19]

Holiday Doppelganger

Bo poses beside a life-size replica made from 40,000 pipe cleaners.

Source: Official White House Photo [20]

A New Tour Guide

Bo and the first lady surprise White House visitors on the anniversary of the president's inauguration.

Source: Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton [21]

It's Good to Be First Dog

Bo keeps an eye on White House activities from his perch in the West Garden.

Source: Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy [22]

Just a Little to the Left . . .

Never missing an opportunity for a good pat, Bo takes advantage of a visit from some local school children.

Source: Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton [23]

New Security Detail

Bo supervises the crowd as the president and first lady greet guests during a holiday reception in the Grand Foyer.

Source: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza [24]

Big Day Out

Bo tags along with the president for some holiday shopping.

Source: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza [25]

Taking the Lead

It's tough to tell who's walking whom in this photo with the first lady!

Source: Getty [26]

Stompin' in His Air Force Ones

Bo and the president pass the time on a flight to Hawaii.

Source: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza [27]

Rainy Day Rambling

Bo joins the president for a wet stroll.

Source: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza [28]

Good Dog

Bo participates in the White House's Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day, hitting up Michelle Obama for a treat.

Source: Getty [29]

Windy City Walk

Bo joins the family for Memorial Day in their hometown of Chicago.

Source: Getty [30]

V Is For Victory

Bo and the first lady show off the lovely White House garden.

Source: Official White House Photo [31]

Let's Get Physical

Bo joins the first lady, the US women's soccer team, and some local kids for a Let's Move! event on the South Lawn.

Source: Getty [32]

A Fond Farewell

Bo takes to the South Lawn as President Obama prepares for a trip to Atlanta.

Source: Getty [33]

Poochy Smooches

Bo has nothing but love for adoring onlookers at the annual holiday trip to Children's National Medical Center in Washington DC.

Source: Getty [34]

Holiday Cheer

Trotting out to greet the White House Christmas tree, Bo shows the rest of the family the way.

Source: Getty [35]


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