In another article, Michelle Obama fondly recalled her presence in the White House and Air Force One.
“Today our family has lost a true friend and a faithful companion,” wrote the former president.
“For over a decade, Bo has been a constant and gentle presence in our lives – happy to see us on our good days, our bad days and every day in between.
Bo, a male Portuguese water dog, was almost 13 years old and spent much of his life in the White House as the “first dog.” He died after a battle with cancer.
In later articles, Mr. Obama wrote: “He tolerated all the commotion that came with being in the White House, had a big bark but no bite, liked jumping in the pool in the summer, was unfazed. with the children, lived for leftovers at the dinner table, and had beautiful hair.
He added, “He was exactly what we needed and more than we expected. He will be sorely missed. “
On the night he was elected 44th President, Mr. Obama promised his daughters Malia and Sasha that they would have a puppy when they moved into the Executive Mansion.
There was a lot of speculation about which dog breed the Obamas would choose or whether they would adopt from a shelter.
Bo was reportedly named by Obama’s children after their cousins’ cat and Michelle’s father, known as Diddley – a reference to R&B musician Bo Diddley. His name was also the initials of the former president.
Bo came to the White House as a gift from Senator Ted Kennedy, who owned a dog from the same litter.
The former first lady wrote: “This afternoon has been difficult for our family. We said goodbye to our best friend – Bo – after a battle with cancer. We are grateful for the love you have shown him over the years. Please give your furry family members a little closer hug tonight – and rub their bellies for us.
During the Obama administration, the White House webpage featured photos and a biography of Bo, and his likeness was used in Christmas, Halloween, and Easter decorations.
In August 2013, Bo was joined in the White House by Sunny, a female of the same breed.
Mrs. Obama recalled: He was there when the girls came home from school, greeting them with a wag. He was there when Barack and I needed a break, wandering around one of our offices like he owned the place, a bullet clenched firmly in his teeth.
She continued, “He was there when we flew on Air Force One, when tens of thousands of people flocked to the South Lawn for the Easter Egg Roll and when the Pope came to visit us. And when our lives slowed down, he was there too – helping us watch the girls go to college and adjust to life as empty nesters.
Ms Obama also noted that over the past year, with everyone at home during the pandemic, no one was happier than Bo to have them all under one roof again.