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The Poop on the New First Dog

4/14/2009 2:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Obamas dogWe've already told you the Obama dog is a used pooch -- with a past! Here's the lowdown.

Bo, the Portuguese Water Dog whose original name was Charlie, was sold by a Texas breeder on December 8, 2008. The family that bought the dog paid $1,600.

But there was a problem. The family already owned a 6-year-old female Portuguese Water Dog, and when little Charlie came to the home he got off on the wrong paw by trying to nurse on the big dog.

Things went downhill from there. Right around St. Paddy's day, the family made the decision to return the pooch. The breeder, who had advance warning Charlie was about to become an orphan, had already been speaking with Senator Ted Kennedy and his wife, and made a deal to re-home the pup to the Kennedys, who paid the breeder $1,600. BTW, the breeder returned the original $1,600.

The Kennedys bought Charlie with the intention of giving it to the Obamas. Charlie went from the home he had been living in to a dog trainer in Virginia, where he's been learning the tricks of the trade for almost a month.

In a few hours the Kennedys will officially give the pup to the Obamas. Such is the life of a dog ...

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I think it is an adorable puppy and he is very lucky! Those girls are going to love him up!

I do have a problem with them not getting a shelter dog. They got a $1600 puppy after preaching about the importance of adopting... I live 30 minutes south of DC and right now I know of a couple of Portuguese Water Dogs in this area available for adoption.

What is done is done though and this dog will be very happy.

2015 days ago

He's just another Idiot    

The Obamas have no class just like the Clintons have no class. Remember how the Clintons trashed the White House when they left? Obama has the same strutting swagger that Clinton has. Who died and made Obama King? His arrogance makes me sick. YUCK!

2015 days ago


that dog knew he was on to better digs.

2015 days ago

Mike Licht    

Do Portuguese Water Dogs eat linguiça?


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Obama's not a tax cheat? Have you been living under a rock? How the hell do you think he was able to afford that house in Chicago that was waaaaaaaaaay out of their price range? Did you not hear about his illegal loan he got from his shady bank? Did you not hear anything about his criminal real estate agent friend? Come on dude, wake up!!

2015 days ago

artie help    

portugese water dogs are very liberal socialist animals

2015 days ago

He's just another Idiot    

Is Obama a Socialist or a Communist? I can't decide.

2015 days ago

Cuckoo In California    

So much hype about this dog. Glad the Obama's found a dog they will grow to love and it will love them. So over it now.

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WHO CARES.........

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For all the BIG-BELLY-ACHING-COMPLAINERS here... just relax.
Obama was elected President, because he was the people's choice.
His term will be up in 4 years, he'll move on, and you can start your BIG-BELLY-ACHING-COMPLAINTS about the next President.

Just relax!

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Look, President Obama and I don't see eye to eye on many things but I will grant that he and his wife are wonderful parents of precious, confident girls and every kid deserves a pet. However, anything that would have a connection to "Uncle Teddy Kennedy" and "water" might not be prudent. I've always believed most everything regarding the Kennedy men have had a taint of a curse.

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I hope that dog eats sh!t. If so, that turd colored president should be scarffed right up!!!!

2015 days ago


Great picture!! Really happy for the girls...and who cares that the dog is black??

2015 days ago


Really can't stand these people. The sooner they are out of the White House, the better.

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Will we see a Bo cam at Christmas ?

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