Obamas Welcome New Dog Sunny to White House

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Bo, left, hangs out with his new sister, Sunny, at right.
Official White House Photos by Pete Souza

President Barack Obama and his family welcomed a playful new addition to the White House on Monday -- a dog called Sunny.

The black Portuguese Water Dog joins the first family's other four-legged friend of the same breed, Bo.

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"Sunny is the perfect little sister for Bo -- full of energy and very affectionate -- and the First Family picked her name because it fit her cheerful personality," said a post on the White House blog.

Bo joined the Obamas shortly after they moved into the White House in 2009, in keeping with a promise the president had made to his daughters the night he was elected in November 2008.

But Bo, a male, was a tad lonely, according to the post penned by Michelle Obama's spokeswoman Hannah August.

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"So now, in addition to helping with those official duties, Bo takes on the important role of big brother!" said the blog.

The White House announcement was accompanied by photos and even a video -- set to music -- of the roughly one-year-old canine frolicking on the South Lawn of the White House with her new furry companion.

When Bo joined the First Family, the Obamas explained that they picked a Portuguese Water Dog because their younger daughter, 12-year-old Sasha, suffers from allergies and fur from this breed rarely causes reactions.

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