Mystery solved! After much speculation, it has been confirmed that Sunny, the Obama family’s new Portuguese water dog, was indeed purchased from a breeder and not, as many hoped, adopted.
Although the Obamas kept the details of Sunny’s previous life quiet (only sharing that she was born last June in Michigan), MailOnline was eventually able to track the dog’s birthplace to Attica, Michigan, and the breeding center owned and run by Amy Lane.
Although Lane would not confirm or deny the evidence, she did share photos of a baby female with Sunny’s exact fur type and markings who was born on June 11, 2012. Sunny was originally named Pink, after the colored ribbon she wore around her neck to differentiate her from the other puppies.
Interestingly enough, Sunny’s father was not alive at the time or her birth, or even at the time of her conception. Her father, Henry, was an award-winning show dog who was known for his good temperament and easygoing style. When he died in 2010, Lane had his sperm frozen to preserve his exceptional genetics. In 2012, Lane chose Sunny’s mother, Slipper, as his ideal match and she was impregnated with the sperm.
And what was the price the Obamas paid for their new companion? Based on the other puppies sold by Lane, we can assume that number was close to $2,300.
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