15 Times Bo & Sunny Obama Stole Our Hearts

Photo: Pete Souza/The White House.
"If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog," is a piece of advice often misattributed to one former U.S. president.

The Obamas agreed so much, they got two: Bo and Sunny, both Portuguese water dogs. Bo, the one with the white belly, is 8 years old and became part of the family following the first inauguration of President Barack Obama. He was a gift from the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, a friend of the family, and fulfilled Obama's pledge to his daughters to get them a pet once they moved into the White House. Sunny, the 4-year-old, all-black critter, joined the first family in the spring of 2013.

The fluffy pair has captured the hearts of many Americans because, who wouldn't love those playful grins? They're incredibly popular, to the point where they have a schedule of appearances that Michelle Obama has to approve, and a North Dakota man allegedly plotted to kidnap them earlier this year.

Luckily, that nefarious scheme failed. But we're kind of losing the first dogs anyway, when the Obamas leave the White House next year. And unless they hire a photographer to be on their tail (pun intended) 24/7, it's unlikely that photos of Bo and Sunny will lighten our days once they become private (four-legged) citizens.

So, to celebrate their furry lives, we rounded up 15 times the pups stole our hearts. (This slideshow might induce hardcore squealing. Don't say we didn't warn you.)
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Early in President Obama's first term, we saw him running with Bo in the hallways and we knew that this friendship was going to melt our hearts.
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And then the Obamas brought a second dog to the White House. On her first day living there, Sunny got all the belly rubs from the president. AND SHE SEEMED SO HAPPY.
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Just so you know, Bo has an official White House portrait. No biggie.
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This picture of the first lady with the duo is everything…and you can't convince us otherwise!!!
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Bo apparently loves the snow. Same Bo, same.
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We just want to hug Sunny and Bo. FOREVER.
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Can you imagine Bo asking, "What you doiiing?" outside of the Oval Office? We can.
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These two look so carefree and so adorable, we just can't…
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You can just imagine what Michelle Obama is saying: "Barack, stop playing with Sunny, we're late already!" But secretly thinking, "I wanna play with her, too."
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Can you imagine Bo interrupting the president while he is in the Oval Office? "Err, yes, Joe, I was absolutely listening. No, that's not Bo, I just didn't have lunch yet and I'm hungry."
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Main takeaway from this picture of the president and former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel showering Sunny with attention: She's a sucker for belly rubs.
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A great nostalgic Halloween idea for 2017: Dress your dogs as "Bo and Sunny, state dinner version." You're welcome.
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Just a casual picture of the most powerful man in the world having to walk his dog.
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In between his busy schedule, Bo finds time to chill in the West Garden. Work hard, lounge hard.
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Bo and Sunny look incredibly presidential in this one. We will miss all of them so much.
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