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What did Barack and Michelle Obama say about their Portuguese Water Dog Bo?

FORMER President Barack Obama had two dogs when he was in the White House - Sunny and Bo.

On Saturday, May 8, the Obama's announced Bo, their Portuguese Water Dog, had died at the age of 12.

What did Barack and Michelle Obama say about Bo?

Barack Obama wrote in a series of tweets on May 8 that his family "lost a true friend and loyal companion."

"For more than a decade, Bo was a constant, gentle presence in our live - happy to see us on our good days, our bad days, and everyday in between," the former president wrote with pictures of him and his furry friend.

"He tolerated all the fuss that came with being in the White House, had a big bark but no bite, loved to jump in the pool in the summer, was unflappable with children, lived for scraps around the dinner table, and had great hair," Obama wrote.

"He was exactly what we needed and more than we ever expected. We will miss him dearly," he concluded.

He also included photos of Bo during his time in the White House.

Michelle took to Instagram to pay tribute to the beloved family pet.

"This afternoon was a difficult one for our family," she wrote.

"We said goodbye to our best friend - our dog, Bo - after a battle with cancer," she continued.

Michelle said the family 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," she continued.

The former first lady called on others to "hug the furry members of your family a little closer tonight - and give them a belly rub from us," she concluded.

When did the Obama's first get Bo and Sunny?

Bo, a male Portuguese Water Dog, was a gift from late Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., to Obama's daughters, Sasha and Malia.

Bo joined the Obama family in 2009. He was named after their cousins' cat and Michelle Obama's father, in reference to the R&B musician Bo Diddle.

Bo are also the initials of Barack Obama's name.

In 2013, Sunny, a female Portuguese Water Dog, joined the presidential family.

After Obama won the 2008 presidential election, he said in his victory speech that the family was getting a dog.

"I love you both more than you can imagine," Obama said to his daughters.

"You have earned the puppy that is coming with us!" he said.

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