October 9, say) to find out who was born on that day and any other important events that might have occurred. Today is the first date for which I've seen a non-human's birthday listed—i.e., that of Bo, the Obama family's "White House Dog." Strictly speaking, Bo is a Portuguese Water Dog, a breed that is not only too cute for words, but thankfully and thoughtfully (if only theoretically?), "hypoallergenic." This pooch was first identified circa 1297 in a monk's account of a drowning sailor who had been rescued from the sea by one. The heroic canine was said to have had a "black coat, the hair long and rough, cut to the first rib and with a tail tuft." Portugeu* (for Portugue*) turned up 15 times in OhioLINK, and 190 times in WorldCat. Bo Obama, who now has a little sister named Sunny, turns seven years old today. Happy B-Day, Bo-Dog!
(The official portrait of the Obama family dog, "Bo", a Portuguese water dog, on the South Lawn of the White House, 20 May 2009, from Wikimedia Commons.)