Bo's Winding Path to White House

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 13, 2009 7:29 AM CDT
In this undated photo released by the White House, President Barack Obama holds his daughter Sasha as he pets the family's new dog, Bo, a 6-month-old Portuguese water dog.   (AP Photo/The White House, Pete Souza)
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(Newser) – Art and Martha Stern, the husband-and-wife breeder team that bred Ted Kennedy’s dogs, give theme names to all their litters. The batch they welcomed into the world six months ago had a portentous one: the Hope and Change Litter. One of those 10 puppies is Bo, the newly famous First Dog. Obama tried hard to keep the lei-wearing pooch a secret, but to no avail. The Washington Post breaks down the dog’s twisty tail. Er, tale.

One puppy, Amigo’s New Hope, proved especially rambunctious—too much so for Ted Kennedy, who nearly bought him, and for the woman who eventually did. When she returned the pup, now dubbed Charlie, to the Sterns, they thought of Obama. Soon Charlie took a clandestine visit to the White House, where he won over Obama’s girls and became a tightly-held state secret. But pictures leaked online, and as Bo's official introduction looms, Washington is wondering: Who let the pooch out of the bag?