The 6-month-old First Puppy "loves to chew on people's feet," she says

By Howard Breuer
April 23, 2009 05:00 PM

The White House’s newest resident is a bit of a liability, but he is just a puppy afterall.

“He likes to play a lot,” Michelle Obama said of Bo, the First Family’s 6-month-old Portuguese Water Dog, during a meet-and-greet for “Take Your Child to Work Day.”

“He’s kind of crazy, but he’s still a puppy,” she confided in the East Room to about 100 children of White House staffers. “He loves to chew on people’s feet.”

She added that curfew is also not something Bo understands yet.

“It was like 10 o’clock. Everybody was asleep and we hear all this barking and jumping around,” Mrs. Obama said. “The president and I came out and we thought somebody was out there. And it was just Bo. He was playing with his ball. And it was like there was another person in the house.”

One visiting child asked what she would do if Bo ran away.

“I would be very sad, first of all, but … he has [dog] tags, and hopefully someone would find him and bring him back,” she answered, adding that they should be okay because the South Lawn, where Bo is often walked, is gated. But if he were to get out, people would track him down.

“I think everyone at the White House would probably help go out and find him,” she said. “That’s why we’re working on training him, so that he doesn’t run away and he listens when we call him. And so far he’s doing okay, so we hope we don’t have that problem.”

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