10 Questions About Bo

He's been called everything from the first puppy to Bo-bama, and the newest member of the first family sure did grab a lot of lens time during his first week at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. And in truth, we know more about Bo than we do about some members of the president’s cabinet. Still, if taxpayers are going to be paying for that puppy chow, there are few questions yet to be answered.

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  • 1. What's With His Gov't Name?

    1. What's With His Gov't Name?

    His American Kennel Club registered name is Amigos New Hope. That sounds suspicious from the jump. Amigos and Hope in the same breath?

    Captions by Denise Stewart

  • 2. Why has he had so many homes?

    2. Why has he had so many homes?

    Reports say the dog is now at his fourth home, and he’s only been on earth for six months. The first owner let him go because things weren’t working out with him and their “other dog,” according to the Associated Press. Wonder what happened?

  • 3. Does Bo have a Secret Service code name?

    3. Does Bo have a Secret Service code name?

    Renegade, Renaissance, Radiance and Rosebud. How about Rover for the pooch?

  • 4. Where will Bo sleep?

    4. Where will Bo sleep?

    He’s a Portuguese water dog with a glistening black coat and lots of energy. For many of us, a dog’s place is outside the home. I don’t expect the Obamas to tie Bo’s leash to a tree, but I don’t look to see him in the Lincoln Bedroom either.

  • 5. Who scoops the poop?

    5. Who scoops the poop?

    Can’t you see it? President Obama, the most powerful man in the world, strolling the grounds with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and there it is. Right there on the bottom of the prime minister’s shoe, a gift from Bo.

  • 6. Who will walk the dog?

    6. Who will walk the dog?

    Kids for generations have invoked the it’s-not-my-turn defense against this chore, but someone has to take on the job—every day.

  • 7. Who keeps the dog when the Obamas travel?

    7. Who keeps the dog when the Obamas travel?

    Will he get to go, too? Or will they ask the vice president to come by and change the dog’s water?

  • 8. What will they do about the doggy smell in the White House?

    8. What will they do about the doggy smell in the White House?

    Dogs stink. Especially if they have long hair, and they don’t get a regular shampoo. That’s why they belong outside.

  • 9. What happens when Bo pees on the White House floor?

    9. What happens when Bo pees on the White House floor?

    He’s been with a professional trainer for weeks now, but still he’s a dog. When he messes on the floor, do what we all do. Take one of the many newspapers the president reads each day. Roll it up tightly and bop Bo on the nose.

  • 10. What happens when Bo gets in a fight with a neighborhood dog?

    10. What happens when Bo gets in a fight with a neighborhood dog?

    Neighborhood? What neighborhood? He lives at the White House!

Saaret Yoseph is a writer and Assistant Editor at TheRoot.com. She manages and blogs for "Their Eyes Were Watching ..."