First Dog Blog

The President’s Portie is no bipartisan!
By Julia Lane, January 2010, Updated June 2021

Last week in my Rally class, a student joked that her dog couldn't make left turns because he was a Republican. Of course, we all cracked up; dogs don't follow a political party. Or do they? Check out First Dog Bo Obama's blog and you might be surprised. He speaks his partisan mind on everything from Haiti's dog victims, to Scott Brown's unexpected Senate win, to race in politics. Bo is also considering a run for the "big enchilada of the South Lawn animal kingdom." I hear there's already a squirrel smear campaign ... .

Pete Souza/White House

Julia Lane owns Spot On K9 Sports, a training facility in the Chicago area, and offers online dog-sport coaching. She is the author of several travel books, and her byline has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Poets & Writers and elsewhere.