Sunny, the President’s 2-year-old Portuguese Water Dog jumped up on a toddler who was a guest at the unveiling of the official Christmas decorations, pushing the little girl to the ground.
The girl, later identified as Ashtyn Gardner, was one of the hundreds of children from military families who were on hand to help the First Lady display this year’s decorations.
According to sources…there were no hard feelings- or injuries- as Sunny proceeded to lick 2-year-old Ashtyn’s face as she was hugged by Mrs Obama.
While the story has gone viral as an adorable unscripted moment, one conservative outlet took the opportunity to take a shot at the First Lady and her attempt to restrain the pup from causing another tumble. Making her out to be the as the worst monster since Cruella DeVille.
The Washington Times thought better of their headline at some point, and changed it to “First dog Sunny gets a little frisky with toddler at White House holiday event.” Their article, though, still highlights the alleged leash-yankage, and leaves it to the reader to decide what role this had in the felling of little Ashtyn: New first dog Sunny got a little frisky at the White House. First lady Michelle Obama yanked on the new pup’s leash as Ashtyn Gardner, 2, from Mobile, Ala., lost her balance while greeting the Portuguese Water Dog. The faces of horrified chefs can be seen in the background.
By contrast, here’s how The Hill reported on Mrs. Obama’s role: The 1-year-old puppy tried to escape her handler, knocking down 2-year-old Ashtyn Gardner in the process. The little girl got up quickly, and her dad, John, said she was fine.Michelle Obama was present and helped Ashytn to her feet. The first lady later checked on the little girl again and gave her a hug.
Portuguese Water Dog
Referred to as the Cao de Agua (dog of water) in its native Portugal, the Portuguese Water Dog was bred to accompany fisherman on their boats. An exceptional swimmer and diver, the breed retrieved broken nets, dove for fish, carried messages between boats and to shore, and guarded the boat for his master in foreign ports. The breed started disappearing in the early 20th century when technology made his daily job somewhat obsolete, but Dr. Vasco Bensaude, a wealthy Portuguese shipping magnate and dog fancier, saved the breed.
ABOUT Bo: (born October 9, 2008) is the pet dog of the Obama family, the First Family of the United States. Bo is a neutered male Portuguese Water Dog. President Barack Obama and his family were given the dog as a gift after months of speculation about the breed and identity of their future pet.The final choice was made in part because Malia Obama‘s allergies dictated a need for a hypoallergenic breed. The White House has referred to him as the “DOTUS” (Dog of the United States) or “First Dog“, a term occasionally used during recent U.S. administrations.
Obama’s New Dog Sunny
Obama’s New Portuguese Water Dog Bo