Obamas welcome new dog 'Sunny' to White House

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WASHINGTON, District of Columbia, Aug 20, 2013 (AFP) - President Barack Obama and his family welcomed a playful new addition to the White House on Monday -- a dog called Sunny.

The black Portuguese Water Dog joins the first family's other four-legged friend of the same breed, Bo.

"Sunny is the perfect little sister for Bo -- full of energy and very affectionate -- and the First Family picked her name because it fit her cheerful personality," said a post on the White House blog.

Bo joined the Obamas shortly after they moved into the White House in 2009, in keeping with a promise the president had made to his daughters the night he was elected in November 2008.

But Bo, a male, was a tad lonely, according to the post penned by Michelle Obama's spokeswoman Hannah August.

"So now, in addition to helping with those official duties, Bo takes on the important role of big brother!" said the blog.

The White House announcement was accompanied by photos and even a video -- set to music -- of the roughly one-year-old canine frolicking on the South Lawn of the White House with her new furry companion.

When Bo joined the First Family, the Obamas explained that they picked a Portuguese Water Dog because their younger daughter, 12-year-old Sasha, suffers from allergies and fur from this breed rarely causes reactions.


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Jane Sutton

What a bunch of morons some of you are, and what miserable and pathetic lives you must lead that the only thing that comes to mind when you see a picture of two lovely dogs is your stupid political agendas. It says a lot more about you than it does about the Obamas.

August 25 2013 at 3:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

stonez88 - I think we are already overwhelmed with news of Egypt - my sympathy is for the whole country. But why not lay off of the politics and let others who enjoy reading happy news about the new pets enjoy it?

August 22 2013 at 6:49 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

all three need a doghouse

August 20 2013 at 11:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

all three dogs need a dog house

August 20 2013 at 11:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This article calls these Dogs puppies . Wrong . A 4 yr. n a 1 yr. old Dogs are Adults .
I hope Sunny n Bo are spayed n neutered . I really hope they don't intend on Breeding these two Dogs .
What a terrible example to the Country n World that already Euthanizes millions of Adult Dogs n puppies every yr. .
I was taught to respect the Office of the President no matter if we liked them or not . Respecting the President n his wife n family means not referring to Mrs. Obama as a dog and the mockery that is aimed at this President is appalling . The world watches American's to set the Standard - Banner of how strong our Country is and where our weaknesses lie . And they don't take our internal or Foreign policies serious .
So the Dogs are lovely . peace

August 20 2013 at 9:56 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Saudi Arabia sticks it to Obama and funds Egypt with oil money after Obama cut them off from funds. No news here folks, the dog makes the headlines. Back to your progressive closets kids.

August 20 2013 at 9:08 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

At least Bo has a job.

August 20 2013 at 9:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

they should have named it dweary mohamad. to go along with the countries mood. there are more then 2 dogs at the white house. you forgot, sooner obama and pooch machell. someone please put a muzzel on them. all the barking about bush and the gop ,is driving me nuts. i wounder if the dogs are exempt from obamacare.

August 20 2013 at 8:43 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Well, I think 2 dogs for the Obamas would be lovely. I like the fact they're the SAME breed, as well as the names (Bo and Sunny)

August 20 2013 at 8:22 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Slow news day?

August 20 2013 at 8:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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