POTUS – Pooch of the United States
We would be remiss in not noting that our First Family has a new family member, and the country has its official First Dog. On April 14th, the Obama family welcomed into their home “Bo”, a six-month-old Portuguese Water Dog, named by Sasha and Malia after the iconic American musician, Bo Diddley.
This adorable little four-footer was bred by Art and Martha Stern, established Dallas-area breeders, and was presented to the Obamas by Sen. Ted Kennedy, who had himself adopted Bo after another pet parent decided they could not care for the pup.
Portuguese Water Dogs are prodigious swimmers and have a long history of water work, aiding fisherman in their quest for the grouper grail. They’ve also helped out us two-footers by delivering messages between ships at sea.
With a historical record that stretches back to nearly 3,000 years ago, the Portuguese Water Dog nearly became extinct in the early twentieth century. But thanks to an intrepid group of aficionados in Portugal, the breed has not only made a comeback, but, we expect, will now surely enjoy an upsurge of renewed interest.