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1. Bo is a Portuguese Water Dog, introduced by Ty after his namesake (the real Bo) arrived at the White House April 14, 2009. The real Bo was a gift from Senator Ted Kennedy to the Obama family. Bo was named by Malia and Sasha Obama. The popular media take is that Bo is the namesake of deceased singer Bo Diddley, but it seems more likely Bo's name is derived from the initials of Barack Obama.
3. The real Bo died on Saturday, May 8, 2021. On the day of Bo's death, former president Barack Obama posted a series of pictures of his pet alongside a moving message.
"Today our family 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. 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 was exactly what we needed and more than we ever expected. We will miss him dearly."