Porties are known to be precocious and energetic dogs. And true to his breed, Bo, the new First Puppy, just couldn't wait until his official Tuesday debut to introduce himself to the world. Well, truth be told, it wasn't his fault. The Washington Post, who was promised the First Dog story after the New York Times got the White House garden exclusive, ran the story about the new First Puppy today after a mysterious website FirstDogCharlie.com leaked a photo of the Obama dog online.
No one knows who leaked the story, but the telltale lei links the dog originally named Charlie (actually he was originally named something else -- and I am working on that story) to the photos of the Obamas meeting the girls back in March. The lei is a nice touch, a way to charm the President who is from Hawaii.
The Washington Post has some sweet details about Bo's first visit which was a surprise to the girls and referred to at the White House as "The Meeting" ...
- The girls named it Bo -- and let it be noted that you learned that here first. Malia and Sasha chose the name, because their cousins have a cat named Bo and because first lady Michelle Obama's father was nicknamed Diddley, a source said. (Get it? Bo . . . Diddley?) (Note by Moira: BO are also Barack Obama's initials.)
- Bo's a handsome little guy. Well suited for formal occasions at the White House, he's got tuxedo-black fur, with a white chest, white paws and a rakish white goatee.
- Bo charmed the first family, a source who was there said. He sat when the girls sat, stood when the girls stood. He made no toileting errors and did not gnaw on the furniture. Bo has, after all, been receiving lessons in good behavior from the Kennedys' dog trainers. These lessons have been taking place at a secret, undisclosed location outside Washington.
- When the president walked across the room during the visit, Bo followed obediently.
The Los Angeles Times is also running this photo of Bo...
And here is the leaked photo from FirstDogCharlie.com...
Now, it will be interesting to watch the Obamas, none of whom have ever owned a dog, go from being just people to being dog people. Every dog owner knows exactly what I mean. Becoming the First Family is nothing compared to becoming a dog owner...welcome to the greatest club in the world!