obama adopts dog
by Megan Thompson
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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.

President Obama's new dog sunny as a puppy

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.

Related on Ecorazzi: PETA Slams Obama Family for Not Adopting New Dog from Shelter

About Megan Thompson

Megan is a healthy living and natural beauty advocate who is obsessed with sustainable gardening, food politics, human rights and animal protection. An L.A. native, she loves staying on top of the latest pop culture news and green lifestyle trends. When she is not writing, she loves going to the beach, hula hooping and working on upcycling projects.

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  • Ken Foster

    Sadly, you are ignoring the more important part of the story: the first family celebrated the new dog with a large donation to Washington Humane Society which will be used to promote the adoption of misunderstood breeds such as pit bulls, and the White House simultaneously released a statement condemning breed specific legislation.

    • Gabbie R

      Translation: “Mongrels” and “mutts” are good for “ordinary people”, but we shall have only the BEST (purebreeds)! Oh yes, we will make a token donation to save face however. “Do as I say, not do as I do.”HYPOCRITES. How many animal activists voted for him? Not this one.

      • Ken Foster

        Translation: anyone who actually works in animal welfare is thrilled with the White House’s BSL statement and the progress that can be made with the WH supporting the fight against BSL. Others are more content to focus on sniping.