Former President Barack Obama announced his family’s dog Bo died Saturday, saying the Obamas “lost a true friend and loyal companion.”
“For more than a decade, Bo was a constant, gentle presence in our lives—happy to see us on our good days, our bad days, and everyday in between,” Obama said in a post on Twitter accompanied with a photo of him running side-by-side with Bo through the White House.
“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,” he said. “He was exactly what we needed and more than we ever expected. We will miss him dearly.”
Bo, a Portuguese water dog, joined the Obamas in the White House in April 2009, shortly after Obama took office, according to the Obama Foundation.
During his campaign, Obama promised daughters Sasha and Malia the family would get a dog after the election, whether he won or lost.
In 2013, the Obamas added another Portuguese water dog, Sunny, to the family.