The Obamas announced the death of their beloved family dog, Bo, on Saturday.
A Portuguese water dog, Bo died of cancer at the age of 12, Michelle Obama wrote on Instagram.
Photos show how Bo was an integral part of the Obamas' life at the White House.
Bo, a Portuguese water dog, joined the Obamas at the White House in April 2009.
Bo was gift from former Sen. Ted Kennedy and his wife to the Obama girls. The breed is considered hypoallergenic and good for people like Malia, who had dog allergies.
Source: Washington Post
Bo quickly became an integral part of life at the White House.
He often joined the president in the Oval Office.
And helped him let loose during breaks between meetings.
Every year at Christmas, the Obamas would have decorations inspired by Bo, like a four-foot statue made of 40,000 pipe cleaners.
Bo was not camera shy, posing for everything from documentary film shoots ...
... to Easter-themed videotaping sessions.
He often helped the family greet visitors and was known for his gentleness with children.
Bo's favorite activities included playing on the White House lawn and going on walks, according to his official White House baseball card.
Bo also joined the Obamas on trips outside of the White House. He traveled everywhere from PetSmart in the presidential limo ...
... to Hawaii on Air Force One.
"He tolerated all the fuss that came with being in the White House," Michelle Obama wrote in an Instagram post on May 8 announcing his death. "He was exactly what we needed and more than we ever expected. We will miss him dearly."
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