(Reuters) – Former U.S. President Barack Obama's family dog, Bo, a male Portuguese water dog with a black and white fur mop that became a familiar playful sight at the White House, has died.
Obama announced death late Saturday, saying the dog had "been a constant, gentle presence in our lives – happy to see us on our good days, our bad days and every day in between".
"We will miss him very much," he said on Twitter.
His wife Michelle Obama said in a separate tweet that Bo, 12, had cancer.
Bo joined the White House in 2009 shortly after Obama's first term began and was assisted a few years later by a woman of the same race named Sunny.
Obama, who stepped down in 2017, praised Bo's calm demeanor at the White House, saying the dog “had a large bark but no bite, liked to jump in the pool in summer, was unwavering with kids, lived at the dining table for junk and had great hair. "
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