Bo relaxes in the West Garden Room

Photo: Pete Souza/White House

A charmed life

Bo the first dog lounges on a bench in the West Garden Room of the White House.

The 4-year-old Portuguese water dog was given to the first family in 2009 as a gift from the late Sen. Ted Kennedy. The Obamas opted for the relatively rare, hypoallergenic breed to avoid aggravating Malia Obama's allergies.

Since his induction into the first family, the DOTUS ("Dog of the United States") has been the subject of numerous children's books and even had his likeness depicted as a plush toy.

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Barack Obama gives Bo a belly rub

Photo: Pete Souza/White House

Bo receives a belly rub during a play session on the White House's South Lawn with President Obama, who took a brief break from meetings.

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Bo hangs out on the White House lawn

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President Obama (not pictured) takes Bo out for a morning walk across the South Lawn before beginning his presidential duties for the day.
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Bo Obama revels in the dog days of summer
The first dog spends his warm weather days playing with the First Family and frolicking across the White House's South Lawn.