Sunday, April 12, 2009


America's first family have chosen a six-month-old Portuguese water dog to be the first pet.

President Barack Obama's daughters, 10-year-old Malia and
seven-year-old Sasha, have settled on a black and white pup, a White House official told the Associated Press last night.

The dog, a gift from the Massachusetts senator Ted Kennedy, who ownsseveral Portuguese water dogs, will make his debut on Tuesday afternoon.

The Washington Post reported that Obama's daughters chose the
name Bo for the pup because
Michelle Obama's father was nicknamed Diddley – an apparent reference to the singer Bo Diddley.

According to the newspaper, the dog has "tuxedo-black fur, with a white chest, white paws and a rakish white goatee".

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