It's about time ... I was beginning to think poor Malia and Sasha were going to have to wait until Christmas for their well-deserved puppy.

According to the LA Times,  the identity of a certain Portuguese water dog has been revealed. And his name is Bo Obama. The six-month-old Portuguese water dog was given to President Barack Obama and his family as a gift from Senator Ted Kennedy, a loyal endorser of the non-shedding breed. Although it was rumored that the Obamas were keen on adopting a rescue pooch, sheltered purebred Portuguese water dogs are rare. Bo, indeed a handsome little devil, is not a rescue but did, however, belong to another family who decided to give him up, at which point he was acquired by Kennedy. The Obama's will be reportedly making a contribution to the Humane Society in an act of damage control

It's reported that before Malia and Sasha named their new pet, Bo was actually named Charlie. This will be Malia and Sasha's first pet. Neither President Obama or Michelle Obama grew up with dogs.

Check out these previous posts on the First Pup and on eco-friendly dog care in general: 

Gone to the dogs: Eco-friendly dog bed recommendations fit for the First Pup. 

A return to the doghouse: A look at the biodegradable plastic/bamboo Houndstooth Dog Tent from designer John Santos. A good idea for trips to Camp David, perhaps. 

Recycled flip-flip dog hammock: Bo Obama won't be needing the fur-collecting Jamboree Dog Bed, but for pooches that shed this prototype design could be a godsend for neat-freak dogparents. 

A "Greenrrroof" for the White House:  Take a peek at "Summa Canum," a sustainable pooch pied-à-terre designed by Stephanie Rubin. It's rumored that "Summa Canum" will be delivered personally to the White House by Neil Young in his electric car. 

Via [LA Times]

Photo: White House/Pete Souza, LA Times Blog

Thanks: Intrepid insomniac Amy Sarisky for the late night-breaking news

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

It's a Bo
The wait is over for Malia, Sasha and the rest of the nation: The White House welcomes the First Pooch, a Portuguese water dog named Bo.