Former United States President, Barack Obama, has announced the passage of a loyal companion, Bo, on Saturday.

Bo is the pet dog of the Obama family.

The 44th United States President described the pet dog as a true friend of his family for more than a decade.

Obama said: “Today our family lost a true friend and loyal companion,” tweeted Obama.

“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 every day 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.”

Obama shared a few photos of Bo, including one showing the ex-president running alongside Bo down the hallway at the White House.

Bo, fondly called the First Dog of the United States, was a male Portuguese Water Dog, of the species Canis lupus familiaris, originally from the Algarve region of Portugal.

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