Bo Knows Christmas

The tree and all the trimmings are up at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue!

First Dog Bo takes a look around.


  1. Mary (the first) says:

    I think Bo got what he wanted this holiday .. 4 more years!

  2. roastpotato says:

    Yey! And so adorable that they do this video for the children :-)

  3. bubblemonkey says:


  4. I think you’re right!!!

  5. kibblenibble says:

    My favorite part was when Bo looked up at the “other Bo”

  6. kibblenibble says:

    Darn, I wanted to say looked up and did a perfect “Baroo?”

  7. 1:06 !!!

  8. KittyMarthaPoo says:

    I know. He was like, “Huh? Who are you?”

    This was an adorable video. Edited perfectly – how he was slowly walking through the whole place, carefully inspecting everything, floofy paws, etc.

  9. Huh. I thought it was more like “OMG GIANT DOG! Bow to the king of floofy no-feet mop dogs!”

  10. That is one well groomed dog. His feet are perfect.

  11. sabrina rose says:

    Yes!! Beautifully groomed, absolute perfection! (Top notch obedience trainers, groomers, and decorators are worth their weight in gold.) A charming and lovely video for all of us! I hope it runs on television as a public service every so often to take our minds off those awful election ads.

  12. I”m sure his hair cuts cost ten times the cost of mine. Not John Edwards expensive but expensive.

  13. He has more hair than you (Maybe?)

  14. John Edwards is that hairer?

  15. *snerk*

  16. Cute from start to finish! And I particularly enjoyed the baroo myself.

  17. I love it when pups have such floofy fur, it looks like they have no feet (a la Boo).

  18. I think the “no feet” look is cute too, when he’s sitting down. But when he’s walking it kind of freaks me out a little.

  19. I agree. It’s like he had hooves instead of paws. It’s like the White House pet was a goat. And I’m sure there’s been at least one White House goat; there’s been just about everything, one time or another.

  20. There were definitely several 4-legged goats at the white house– the Harrisons had him, and allegedly Harrison had to chase him down Pennsylvania Avenue:
    The Lincolns also had goats… I keep thinking Andrew Jackson had one, but that may have been vicious rumor…

  21. 4-legged goats — very good, Jenne, for making a necessary distinction. There have been a number of the 2-legged variety, but there’s usually nothing cute about them.

  22. Queen of Dork says:

    Bo looks Incredibly professional as a Christmas Decoration Critc. He stops patiently at each display and examines it very carefully, considering thoughtfully, sight and smell. Well done!

  23. You are awesome, Q :)

    An Admirer.

  24. I lost count of how many trees. I’m most impressived that he didn’t lift his leg once. We had that problem more than once with my poor Rusty. He was so confused with this tree in the middle of hte living room.

  25. I think that bit’s been edited out!

  26. Awesome! My humans brought my pee pole inside so I don’t have to go out in the cold!

    – Signed, Rusty

  27. noellesbootcutkittenpants says:

    He does have a handler with a six-figure income. I would hope that he’s behaving himself. :)

  28. Queen of Dork says:

    The music made me think of Gelsey and Misha dancing this:


    I’m going to look for chocolate in the Pull Yourself Together Lounge.

  30. Queen of Dork says:

    *puts marshmallows in CathyDee’s hot chocolate*

    And also, Gelsey’s feet are so fabulous. Her foot work in the beginning is so lovely to watch that I get totally distracted from watching the rest of her. :)

  31. She, too, is amazing, but if she turned sideways, she might disappear completely. I am amazed that such a tiny, tiny body can be so strong.

    What was even more distracting, though, was Baryshnikov’s . . . . . EVERYTHING! Such a beautiful man, and he made everything look completely effortless.

    Thanks for the marshmallows!

  32. noellesbootcutkittenpants says:

    Oh, that brings back memories. I taped that off PBS and my girlfriends and I would watch it each Christmas.

    Bo’s a cutie, no matter your politics.

  33. This reminds me of Mr.Obama’s relection speech “I think one dog is enough for now!”

    How about a kitteh Mr.Obama..?

  34. A tuxedo cat would complement Bo rather nicely…

  35. 1: For a big ‘ol honkin’ dawg, Bo has quite an elegant dancer’s gait!!
    2: LUV tha big ol’ floofball thing on his tail.
    3: TONGUE HANCE, please, W.H. photogs!!!!

  36. Bonus footage,

    That’s a lot of Bo’s.

  37. what breed is bo? he looks like he walks on his tippy toes with his front feet. i guess its the way he’s been groomed-?

    cute video.

  38. He was a gift from the late Ted Kennedy. He had been returned to his breeder, who Kennedy used too, and gave him to the girls.

    Man loved boating and this breed fit him and his hobby. He had three or four himself.

  39. This makes three different times my comments are self-destructing!! This is really becoming a serious annoyance, O gods of CO.

    jen — third attempt to answer you. Computers are arguing with me.
    Portuguese Water Dog. allergies/ other dogs P.W. D’s don’t produce the same kind of dander/ allergies.

  40. He is a Portuguese Water Dog, There is no such thing as a 100% hypoallergenic dog but they are one of the breed that cause less reaction and one or both of the girls have allergies.

  41. what is happenin’ with the comments/ posting thing here today? Numerous times I’ve placed comments and hit the “post” button and they seem to disappear — it has been a bit disheartening.

    jen, I answered your note but my answer disappeared at first. So I’m gonna write out another answer and maybe later both will suddenly appear at the same place. oh well.

    The breed is called Portuguese Water Dog. There is something about different types of fur; either Pres. Obama or somebody in the family is allergic to most dogs. But the P.W. D.’s fur does not bring the type of dander to which those allergies happen.

  42. The breed is called something like Portuguese water dog. One of their advantages to hoomans is that their fur/ hair situation is not allergenic. I don’t know how to describe all that part accurately but I believe that they say that the DANDER/ skin flakes that most animals’ fur contains/ produces…is not the case with the type of fur that grows on a P. W. dog. I believe that Pres. Obama is allergic to most dogs’ fur; somebody in the household is allergic to the fur most dogs have.

  43. Coffee Cup (now with more bunnies) says:

    I think their daughters are allergic. They caught some flack for not adopting a dog but nonallergenic dogs like Portuguese water dogs are not the kind you really ever see at shelters. I’m glad they could give a home to a dog, still. I hope if they get any other pets, they’ll adopt.

  44. They originally did plan to get a shelter dog, but their younger daughter is allergic, so they had to choose this breed. I think poodles are also mostly nonshedding.

  45. Bo sez “have you seen the price of milkbones lately?!”

  46. also – politics aside, I think one thing we can all agree on is that doggehs look super cute in Santa hats :)

  47. Mary (the first) says:

    Better than I look, for sure!

  48. Bo should head over to the Oval Office. I bet Mrs. Landingham keeps biscuits in her desk for him, or would at least send Charlie to get some. Margaret probably keeps a secret stash of bacon bits on hand, but would certainly never tell Leo. I bet Toby doesn’t let him visit the bull pen very often, though Sam would welcome a canine distraction from Toby’s constant grumbling. Bo should stay away from Josh during the Christmas season, as Josh doesn’t do the holidays well, especially if music is involved.

  49. OMG you’re my favorite person for clashing two of my favorite things: CO and The West Wing!!! MRS LANDINGHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMM!!!!

  50. Aw, shucks! Thanks, Tephy. I was beginning to think no one got it! I am still made at Sorkin for killing off Mrs. L, although her death did facilitate one of the best hours of television ever: “Two Cathedrals”–where Bartlett rails at God in the National Cathedral. I get chillbumps just thinking about it.

    Josh Lyman gave me chillbumps, too, though of a much different variety. . . . . Still, “Noel” was also up there in the top 10 eps of any show ever.

    Sunny’s right–the show DID need a dog to round out the cast. Bartlett strikes me as the type to be owned by a hound.

  51. Yes! The West Wing needed a dog in the Oval Office!

  52. That is one floofy adorable pup. LOVE HIS FEETS!

  53. They’re so stubbular! *love*

  54. Best feetsies/floofy tubes ever!

  55. He´s soooooooooo adorabuhls! Gotta love Obama simply for being an animal lover. :)

  56. If I was President, the footage would have been of my kittehs batting all the ornaments off, nibbling on the trees and then horking up tinsel balls in the Oval Office. :)

  57. Ella's mom says:

    Best reply yet Saffron!

  58. Can we get footage of that anyway? Sounds adorable. :)

  59. This video is super cute. There is, however, an undertone of existential horror when Bo contemplates the Statue of Bo. I like it.

  60. He was a gift from Ted Kennedy. And hims feet are flawless. He is a very well trained puppers. Precious.


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