President Obama’s first pet, Bo, a Portuguese water dog, passed away on Saturday after a protracted battle with cancer. Bo was 12 years old, and Michelle Obama shared on Instagram that the family had lost “a beloved friend and valued companion.”

In a statement, President Barack Obama said that he and his wife appreciated Bo’s presence and the happiness he provided to their family.

“For more than ten years, Bo was a consistent, loving presence in our lives. He was happy to see us on our good days, bad days, and every day in between.”

In 2009, Bo, a Portuguese Water Dog 6 months old, joined the Obama family. He had beautiful hair and was a calm, relaxed dog that enjoyed summertime pool swimming. Bo was fantastic with children and had a loud bark but no bite.

Bo, the dog’s name, swiftly spread across the country. This was partially brought on by the fact that a relative of Bo’s had a cat by the same name.

After President Donald J. Trump’s term, the White House was pet-free for the first time in decades. President Biden and his two German shepherds, Champ and Major, started the pattern again in January. However, after numerous bite incidents, Major was recently sent for training.

Bo was well-known for enjoying the White House press corps by playing on the South Lawn and barking at reporters. Additionally, he received condolence notes from young people all around the nation.

Bo, America’s Commander in Leash, a children’s book about him, was written by Naren Aryal and Danny Moore. After Mrs. Obama said that Bo needed greater connection with other dogs, Sunny, a second Portuguese water dog, joined Bo in the White House in 2013.

He also sat with his tongue out for a ceremonial White House photograph.

The Obama family enjoyed having Bo the dog very much. He always had a smile on his face and his tail wagging. He was a constant, comforting presence in their life, according to the Obamas.

After Malia and Sasha left for college, the president attended the traditional Easter egg roll on the South Lawn of the White House. Sunny, their dog, also assisted them in adjusting to life without their children.

According to what she wrote, Bo was the happiest dog last year when everyone stayed home because of the epidemic. She remarked, “Just like the day we bought him, everyone was back together under one roof.”

Bo seemed a great dog and companion for the former White House residents. We are sure that the Obamas still miss him very much and that they will never forget their best friend. Rest in peace, Bo!