The fabulous lives of Bo and Sunny Obama

Left to right, the First dogs, Sunny and Bo, in Washington DC.
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It’s hardly a dog’s life of just eating and sleeping for President Barack Obama’s pets, Bo and Sunny.

The pair of Portuguese water dogs Bo with his distinctive white chest and front paws, and the all-black Sunny are canine ambassadors for the White House, very popular and so in demand that they have schedules, like the president.

“Everybody wants to see them and take pictures,” Michelle Obama said.

The canine ambassadors for the White House are so in demand that they have schedules.

“I get a memo at the beginning of the month with a request for their schedules, and I have to approve their appearances.”

The dogs have entertained crowds at the annual Easter Egg Roll and Bo has been at Mrs. Obama’s side when she welcomes tourists on the anniversary of the president’s inauguration.

The dogs also have cheered wounded service members, as well as the hospitalized children the first lady visits each year just before Christmas.

First dog Sunny Obama plays with journalists at the White House in Washington on September 2013.

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In a sign of just how recognized Bo and Sunny are, authorities in January arrested a North Dakota man who they say came to Washington to kidnap one of the pets.

Bo, now 7, joined the Obama family in April 2009. He was a gift from the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., a key supporter of Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign who became close to the family. Bo helped Obama keep a promise to daughters Malia and Sasha that they could get a dog after the election.

Sunny, left, and Bo, the First Family’s canine members, greet children from military famiies working on holiday crafts in the State dining room.

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Sunny, nearly 4, came along in August 2013.

Bo already had a job as a “helper” to Dale Haney, the head groundskeeper at the White House, which happens to be a national park.

“He leaves every morning and he goes down with Dale … and he’s with all the National Park Service guys. And you’ll see him, and he’s like walking around with them, and looking at the plants,” Mrs. Obama said.

“I think he thinks he has a job because he takes it very seriously. So if I go out and see him, he kind of ignores me when he’s with his worker crew people.”

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk with the first family’s dog as they arrive at the Congressional Picnic on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC June 2010.

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The dogs have a pretty nice life. “They can sit on my lap, they sit on my chair, they cuddle with me,” Mrs. Obama said. “I like to lay on the floor with them and blow in their face. I like to make them run and chase each other.

“I like to lay on the floor with them and blow in their face.”

But they’re so cute, I just love to just cuddle them and massage them.”

Presidential pets are always popular and many presidents kept dogs as companions. President Harry S. Truman famously advised: “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.”

President George H.W. Bush’s English Springer Spaniel, Millie, “wrote” the best-seller Millie’s Book.

President Bill Clinton’s chocolate Labrador Retriever, Buddy, helped Clinton weather the scandal over his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama read “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” to children as their dog Bo tries to get attention during the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in April 2011.

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President George W. Bush’s Scottish Terrier, Barney, had an official web page and starred in “Barneycam” videos that were filmed from a camera hung around his neck. Like Mrs. Obama, first lady Laura Bush was involved with the video scripts and the taping schedule.

“If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.”

President Lyndon B. Johnson angered animal lovers by lifting his pet beagle, Him, by the ears in front of news photographers.

Obama promised last year to “clean things up a little bit” before leaving the White House in January because the dogs “have been tearing things up occasionally.”

Mrs. Obama said her four-legged family members had been nice overall, but she exposed Sunny’s naughtier side.

“You know what she does sometimes? She leaves the kitchen and she’ll sneak and she’ll go poop on the other end of the White House,” the first lady said.

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