The Obamas’ beloved dog, Bo, died unexpectedly.

The Obamas' beloved dog, Bo, died unexpectedly.
The Obamas’ beloved dog, Bo, died unexpectedly.

The Obamas’ beloved dog, Bo, died unexpectedly yesterday afternoon. On Instagram, the Obamas revealed the death of their black-and-white Portuguese water dog, Bo. Bo’s death was reported by Michelle Obama to be due to cancer.

The Obamas welcomed Bo into their lives and the White House in April 2009, three months after the president took office.

Former US President Barack Obama wrote a heartfelt note under a photo of him as he died.

”Our family has lost a true friend and loyal companion today. Bo was a steady, gentle presence in our lives for more than a decade, happy to see us on our good days, bad days, and every day in between. He was unflappable with children, lived for scraps around the dinand had great hair. He had a huge bark but no bite, liked to jump in the pool in the summer, was unflappable with children. He was just what we wanted, and he went above and beyond our expectations.  We will miss him dearly”.

According to the former first lady, Bo had a profound effect on the entire family, particularly as she and her husband navigated the White House with two daughters, Sasha and Maila. Michelle also wrote a touching note to say her final farewells:

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