White House Blogs About Obama's Pet Dog: 'A Very Busy Year' for Bo

By Susan Jones | October 10, 2012 | 5:34 AM EDT

The President and Bo, the Obama family dog, ride in the presidential motorcade en route to PetSmart in Alexandria, Va. The President bought Bo some Christmas gifts at the pet store then walked nearby to Best Buy to purchase gifts for his daughters. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

(CNSNews.com) - Bo, the Portuguese Water Dog given to the Obama family by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, turned four years old on Tuesday.

The White House, in an apparent appeal to pet owners, celebrated the occasion, posting photos that show how much the president likes the dog whose name is spelled with Barack Obama's initials.

"It has been a very busy year for America's First Dog here at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue," the White House blogged, urging readers to "check out some of our favorite moments" with the first family's pet.

The photo gallery includes a shot of President Barack Obama and Burmese Opposition Leader Aung San Suu Kyi petting Bo after their White House meeting last month.

There's a shot of Obama and Bo in the presidential limousine; Obama and Bo in the Oval Office; and Obama and Bo at a PetSmart store in Alexandria, Va., in Dec. 2011.

There's one photo of First Lady Michelle Obama with Bo, but none of the Obama girls with their dog.

One brief video features Bo wearing bunny ears at the White House Easter Egg Roll. Another video reminds readers about last year's Bo-themed holiday decorations that included replicas of Bo placed throughout the White House.