Farewell, Bo: Barack Obama’s family dog dies of cancer

Farewell, Bo: Barack Obama's beloved dog dies of cancer
Image Credit: Michelle/Instagram

Barack Obama’s family dog Bo, who turned into a popular resident of the White House, passed on Saturday from cancer, the former president said, remembering him as “a constant, gentle presence in our lives”.

Barack and Michelle Obama took to their official Instagram accounts to share adorable images of some special moments they shared with Bo on his long journey. Sharing pictures of Bo, the former US President said that Bo was a loyal companion to his family.

“Today our family lost a true friend and loyal companion,” Obama said on Twitter, sharing photographs of him and Bo running down a White House corridor and Bo being petted by children.

Bo, a black-and-white Portuguese water dog. The Obamas posted a series of photos of Bo on social media on Saturday, paying tribute to the role the dog had in their family.

On Instagram, former first lady Michelle Obama said they had to say goodbye to their “best friend” after his battle with cancer. 

She said that Bo, who was gifted to the Obama‘s in 2009 from the late senator Ted Kennedy, was originally adopted as a companion for their daughters. The Obama’s other Portuguese water dog, Sunny, moved into the White House in 2013. 

“As a family, we will miss Bo dearly,” former first lady Michelle Obama wrote on Instagram. “But we are thankful that he lived such a joyful life full of snuggles, games of fetch, and evenings spent lying on the couch.”

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