First dog Bo often keeps the President company in the Oval Office and on after-dinner walks. Now, Bo has someone to keep him company when the President is away; another Portugese water dog by the name of Sunny (for her cheerful disposition).
While candidate Barack Obama promised his daughters a puppy if he won the Presidency in 2004, he was pretty emphatic that there would be no new dog when he won his second term. However, it is common knowledge that any statements made by politicians (especially in Washington) can change with “prevailing winds.”
The White House announced the new edition to the Obama Family yesterday, although they would not say whether she was adopted, bought or a gift. Bo was a gift from Senator Ted Kennedy. However they did state that the Obamas did make a donation to the Washington Humane Society in her honor.
Just under a year-old, Sunny is reported to be “full of energy and very affectionate.”
Athletic and highly intelligent (as well as hypo-allergenic), Portuguese Water Dogs are also valued for their “strength, spirit and soundness, as well as their loyalty and companionship. Originally bred to accompany fishermen on their boats in their native Portugal, the dogs are excellent swimmers and divers, and were often used as messengers between the boats and land, as well as for diving for fish and retrieving broken nets, etc.
The breed was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1983. To learn more about them check out the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America website at http://www.pwdca.org/