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Sat May 8, 2021, 03:48 PM May 2021

This one really hurts: Obamas lose dog Bo to cancer. Michelle posts a poignant remembrance [View all]

I admit I got as teary reading this as thinking back to the loss of my own precious pups.

The Obamas Family Dog Bo Dies at 12 ... After Cancer Battle

This afternoon was a difficult one for our family. We said goodbye to our best friend—our dog, Bo—after a battle with cancer.

On the campaign trail in 2008, we promised our daughters that we would get a puppy after the election. At the time, Bo was supposed to be a companion for the girls. We had no idea how much he would mean to all of us.

For more than a decade, Bo was a constant, comforting presence in our lives. He was there when the girls came home from school, greeting them with a wag. He was there when Barack and I needed a break, sauntering into one of our offices like he owned the place, a ball clamped firmly in his teeth. He was there when we flew on Air Force One, when tens of thousands flocked to the South Lawn for the Easter Egg Roll, and when the Pope came to visit. And when our lives slowed down, he was there, too—helping us see the girls off to college and adjust to life as empty nesters.

This past year, with everyone back home during the pandemic, no one was happier than Bo. All his people were under one roof again—just like the day we got him. I will always be grateful that Bo and the girls got to spend so much time together at the end.

As a family, we will miss Bo dearly. But we are thankful that he lived such a joyful life full of snuggles, games of fetch, and evenings spent lying on the couch.

We also know we weren’t the only ones who cared for Bo, and are grateful for all the love you showed him over the years. Please hug the furry members of your family a little closer tonight—and give them a belly rub from us.

—Michelle, Barack, Malia, Sasha, and Sunny

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Sniff, sniff BigmanPigman May 2021 #1
Where's my tissues? Deuxcents May 2021 #2
So sorry, Obama Family Bayard May 2021 #3
I'd love to see the research re flea collars and cancer in dogs malaise May 2021 #4
I blame commercial dogfood for a lot of it Bayard May 2021 #5
That too malaise May 2021 #6
I do not give my dogs heart worm pills every month. I put walnut extract in their Maraya1969 May 2021 #26
Thanks for the suggestions malaise May 2021 #27
This is not valid. Please do not put your dog at risk. No, I'm not here to argue with you but hlthe2b May 2021 #30
Thank you hlthe2b malaise May 2021 #32
I have always had adopted dogs and I have never once had a dog who caught heart Maraya1969 May 2021 #34
No. That is not true. Here is the treatment for adult heartworm disease. It includes hlthe2b May 2021 #35
I believe that selective breeding to establish pure breeds is the most common factor. grantcart May 2021 #31
What a beautiful Upthevibe May 2021 #7
Okay, I'm tearing up. It's so sad when they leave us. Vinca May 2021 #8
Such a loving tribute to that gentle being. My heart aches for them. Be at peace, little one. niyad May 2021 #9
Crying here, too...that's a beautiful letter Michelle wrote. Karadeniz May 2021 #10
Don't the Obamas have a second dog? I'm asking because Raven May 2021 #11
Yes. Sunny. hlthe2b May 2021 #12
Their othet dog is Sunny dflprincess May 2021 #13
Yes, s other PWD named Sunny. I'm sure they are hugging Boomerproud May 2021 #14
❤️ ✿❧🌿❧✿ ❤️ Lucinda May 2021 #15
All good dogs go to heaven. marble falls May 2021 #16
And "If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." hlthe2b May 2021 #17
And he had that right. marble falls May 2021 #23
and play with the other good dogs for an eternity DBoon May 2021 #20
So sorry for the Obama family. Ka-Dinh Oy May 2021 #18
Why do I miss this family sooooooooooooooooooooo much. 😫 😫 😫 a kennedy May 2021 #19
😰 Demovictory9 May 2021 #21
Very touching tribute ❤ such sad news 😓 💔 Raine May 2021 #22
We're watching our dog decline, and it's a sad, sad thing. BobTheSubgenius May 2021 #24
Dang onions 3auld6phart May 2021 #25
I can wholeheartedly sympathize. LiberatedUSA May 2021 #28
This message was self-deleted by its author hamsterjill May 2021 #29
Oh dear. snacker May 2021 #33
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