Michelle Obama Talks About Most Important White House Residents
The White House held a Q&A; for staffers' children with First Lady Michelle Obama during Wednesday's Take Your Child To Work Day - and of course the one topic that kept coming up was the dogs of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
"What's your favorite thing to do with your dogs?" a young boy in a checkered shirt asked the First Lady.
"Just squeeze them," she said, to laughter in the room. "I let my dogs do a lot. They can sit on my lap, they sit on my chair, they cuddle with me. I like to lay on the floor with them and blow in their face."
"I like to make them run and chase each other," she continued. "But they're so cute, I just love to just cuddle them and massage them. I give them massages, I do. That's why they love me, because they know I'll give them a massage."
"But I just love to love them, you know?" Obama added. "I think you guys are going to get a chance to meet them too!"
Later in the event, a young girl named Jill asked the First Lady whether the two dogs know any tricks. Obama answered:
Yes. Bo can sit, speak [and] roll over. They can both sit and down. They can both heel. Bo is very good at giving you his paw, he can give you a high five. Yeah, he knows a few tricks. Sunny, if I spent more time with Sunny, she would know more because she's really smart. But I've been a little busy. So when I leave here I'm going to try to teach her some tricks too.
Bo, an 8-year-old male, and Sunny, who will turn 3 later this year, are both Portuguese water dogs. Over the years, they've lived extraordinary lives, even meeting famed guests of the White House such as the Pope and R2-D2.
As exciting as the perks of living in the White House are, these dogs are probably most grateful that they have such an energetic human to care for them - because that likely means a lot more walks and playtime together.