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Down Sunny! A faux paw at the White House

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While, as you can see above,  the First Lady quickly seized control of the situation, the Second Dog got in a little trouble yesterday at a White House Christmas party.

Sunny Obama, the second Portuguese water dog the Obamas adopted, was part of a minor incident in which, by most reports, the one-year-old dog’s over-friendliness caused a party guest, 2-year-old Ashtyn Gardner, to fall over.

Sunny, adopted in August, jumped up on the toddler during the 2013 White House Holiday Press Preview.

The moment – not the worst violation of etiquette to ever take place in the White House, but maybe the cutest — was captured by Associated Press photographer Charles Dharapak.

Michelle Obama hosts the party every year, unveiling the White House’s holiday decorations with families of military service members.

Ashtyn, both of whose parents are in the Navy, was attending the party with her father, John Gardner, who later said that Ashtyn was fine.

Sunny reportedly apologized right after the incident by licking Ashtyn’s face, and both Sunny and Bo, the Obama’s first Portuguese water dog, were allowed to remain in the room afterward.

The Washington Post said Sunny “bounded into a State Dining Room full of children dressed in sparkly shoes and lacy dresses and headed right for little Ashtyn Gardner, 2, from Mobile, Ala. All of a sudden the blond girl with ringlet curls … was down on the rug. …

“Are you okay?” said a concerned Obama, mom-in-chief, tugging back on Sunny’s leash. But there was no need for damage control. Before Ashtyn could answer, she was back on her feet and Sunny was licking her face. All seemed well again, and the kids from military families could get back to frosting cookies and making paper poinsettia flowers with the first lady, crafty projects that have become a part of the Obama holiday traditions.

The Associated Press also avoided saying Sunny made contact with the girl, reporting Ashtyn “lost her balance and dropped to the carpet when Michelle Obama led the leashed puppy (a separate handler held Bo) into the State Dining Room…”

The dogs, in addition to attending the fest, also are a large part of its theme. Two life-sized replicas of the Portuguese water dogs, made from black satin ribbon, are on display, and miniature versions of them, made of chocolate, are part of the annual gingerbread White House display.

 (Photo: Charles Dharapak / Associated Press)

Comments

Comment from Anonymous
Time December 5, 2013 at 11:20 am

well my my that was real white of OBAMA huh now get out of our country you all should hang you heads for what your doing to AMERICA

Comment from Chad
Time December 5, 2013 at 10:12 pm

I’m always cautious when my dogs are around children, especially Wonder since he’s blind, he has no clue if he is going to clothes line some little kid with his leash. I think it’s best to keep dogs on a short leash when meeting children, gives the handler more control, and there isn’t as much slack so you can pull the dog back if he/she gets too rowdy. Glad everyone was okay!

Comment from Smoketoomuch
Time December 9, 2013 at 8:15 am

@Anonymous – This column is supposed to be about DOGS, not your racist political views. Get a grip! Like him or not, Obama was elected by the majority of Americans, not once, but twice. And, if you’re looking for someone to “blame” for the sorry state of the country at the moment, may I suggest you cast your gaze toward the “The Tea Party” Obstructionists in congress?

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