Obamas leave Bo the dog behind for holiday

What dog needs to go to Hawaii when he has a lawn full of snow?
What dog needs to go to Hawaii when he has a lawn full of snow? (Alex Brandon/associated Press)
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Friday, December 25, 2009

HONOLULU -- President Obama and his family arrived in Hawaii on Thursday afternoon to begin a 10-day vacation, but one member of the family -- Bo, the puppy -- did not make the trip.

White House officials confirmed that the Obamas' Portuguese water dog stayed behind when Marine One departed the White House on Christmas Eve. Hawaii has strict quarantine policies, requiring 120 days of pet isolation to contain rabies. And a 10-hour flight could test the discipline of any young dog. So Bo will be boarded until the family returns in early January.

Officials did not immediately disclose the puppy's whereabouts, nor confirm whether Santa Claus would be able to find him to fill his stocking on Thursday night.

-- Anne E. Kornblut


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