10 Things the First Dog Will Teach the Second Dog
1. THE WHITE HOUSE IS YOUR TENNIS COURT
A game of fetch can sometimes be hard to come by at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. “Bo, stop trying to make fetch happen,” quipped the official Twitter of the White House on Aug. 13, with a pic of a lonely Bo holding a tennis ball in his mouth. But now that Sunny and Bo have each other, humans are no longer necessary!
2. GOOD BEHAVIOR IS ALWAYS REWARDED
3. FIND A JOB
Every canine needs a sense of purpose: “Bo has a job,” the wrote in 2012’s American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America. “He leaves the White House every morning, walks down to the garden with Dale Haney, the White House groundskeeper, and examines the plants. Fortunately, he likes just looking at the plants, not digging them up.”
4. MAKE MOM HAPPY
“She’s the boss when it comes to Bo,” the President said in a 2012 campaign video, which Mrs. Obama backed up when she playfully chided her husband on letting Bo off the hook for things. “He always looks at Barack before he jumps on the couch, to figure out whether, ‘Is this guy gonna let me on the couch?’” she said, “And you usually do.”
5. SASHA & MALIA ARE YOUR BFFS
Even during last October’s campaign frenzy, the first daughters didn’t let Bo’s 4th birthday go unnoticed. “Mrs. Obama and the girls sang him ‘Happy Birthday,’” a White House source told PEOPLE of a playdate the trio organized for the Portuguese water dog. “There were doggy treats and toys and running around on the South Lawn.”
6. STAYING FIT IS IMPORTANT
7. HOLIDAY SPIRIT IS SERIOUS
The First Dog is often incorporated into the White House Christmas décor, like in 2012 when Bo helped Mrs. Obama unveil the decked halls of their Washington, D.C., home. Last year’s adornments included an edible Bo (pictured) – we wonder where Sunny will be featured this year!
8. DAD'S GOT THE FINAL WORD
He’s the commander in chief, after all! And he has the power to veto whether you should receive a bone or not.
9. HAVE FUN!
This house won’t be yours forever, so make the most of it. And never, ever pass up an opportunity to play in the snow!
10. WORK IT
People want to meet you. Dogs want to be you. Make every red carpet moment count!