Very sad news to report, Martha Stern, 72, the breeder of Bo Obama and Cappy Kennedy, passed away last week on July 21, 2009. No cause of death was given. Martha Stern and her husband Art Stern have been involved with breeding Portuguese Water Dogs since the 1980's when they became interested in the breed after watching the Westminster Dog Show. Their Amigo Portuguese Water Dog Kennel (pictured above) of Boyd, TX became known worldwide when they were revealed as Bo Obama's breeders.
The family suggests that any desired memorial contributions be made to the Portuguese Water Dog Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 203, Parker Ford, Pa. 19457-0203 or AKC Canine Health Foundation, 8051 Arco Corporate Drive, Suite 300, Raleigh, N.C. 27617-3901.