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People are preemptively mourning the loss of first dogs Bo and Sunny

A farewell to paws.


Samantha Grasso

Internet Culture

Posted on Jan 12, 2017   Updated on May 25, 2021, 5:21 am CDT

Twitter users are sick as dogs just thinking about the deep loss Americans will face come next Friday. Nope, it’s not President Barack Obama, nor the first lady—it’s the FDOTUS, the first dogs, that everyone is weeping over.

White House/Flickr

White House/Flickr

White House/Flickr

Bo and Sunny, the first family’s Portuguese Water Dogs, are just as iconic as the Obamas themselves. Having joined the family in 2009, Bo, distinguished by his white markings, enjoyed a first term alone before being joined by Sunny in 2013.

The pair fit in perfectly at the White House during both casual and formal events, their prim black curls and Bo’s natural tuxedo shirt allowing the duo to dress up with ease. And now that they’re off to roam greener pastures (metaphorically, that is, because how could any gig be cushier than being a White House dog?), Americans are having trouble mustering the emotional strength to say goodbye.






Bo and Sunny fans will have little time to mourn the pooches’s online presences, however. President-elect Donald Trump may already have a replacement lined up—a puppy Goldendoodle named Patton, named after a World War II general Trump said he admires, George Patton.

According to the Washington Post, though Trump is currently pet-less, a prominent philanthropist in possession of Patton who has known Trump for more than two decades believes Trump will adopt the pup. Peep video of Patton below (the clip has no sound.)

In the Dec. 6 report, spokeswoman Hope Hicks said Trump hadn’t yet made a decision on the young pup, though the philanthropist, Lois Pope, felt otherwise.

“I’m sure. Every president has a first dog,” Pope said at the time. “It goes with the presidency.”

H/T the Huffington Post

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*First Published: Jan 12, 2017, 5:55 pm CST