Barack Obama shared on Twitter this morning the beloved former First Dog Bo has died from cancer.

Mr Obama wrote: “Today our family lost a true friend and loyal companion. For more than a decade, Bo was a constant, gentle presence in our lives – happy to see us on our good days, our bad days and every day in between.

“He tolerated all the fuss that came with being in the White House, had a big bark but no bite, loved to jump in the pool in the summer, was unflappable with children, lived for scraps around the dinner table and had great hair.

“He was exactly what we needed and more than we ever expected. We will miss him dearly.”

Michelle Obama revealed on social media that cancer was the cause of death. She shared happy memories of life with Bo and said that no one was happier than the very good doggo when the Obama family reunited under the same roof due to the pandemic.

“I will always be grateful that Bo and the girls got to spend so much time together at the end.”, a Portuguese Water Dog, was famously promised to the Obama children on the night of Mr Obama’s 2008 election victory. He referenced the soon-to-be new addition to the family in his speech and the world eagerly anticipated his arrival.

“Sasha and Malia, I love you both more than you can imagine,” he announced at the time. “And you have earned the new puppy that’s coming with us to the new White House.”

The breed was chosen for its hypo-allergenic qualities as Malia Obama is allergic to dog dander.

At six-months-old in April 2009, Bo was gifted to the family by the late Senator Ted Kennedy. He was named by the Obama children after singer Bo Didley.

Bo became one of the most famous pets in the world – his life at the White House was closely documented by the media and was depicted in several books and TV shows, and had a plush toy of him released.dies%2Fnews-story%2F71d119d264f83e0ab81652ae6d869add

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