First Dog Bo Obama Gets PETA Treats

The president's pup got a special holiday treat from PETA.

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Bo Obama's holiday basket.

Everyday probably is like Christmas for first pup Bo, but the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is making sure that the Obama's pet Portuguese water dog gets something special for the holiday. [See photos of first dog Bo Obama.]

Today, PETA tells us, they delivered a gift basked filled with goodies, all of which were made from non-animal natural ingredients. Among the goodies were vegan treats such as Booda Bones and sweet potato dog chews (as well as a harness, which PETA says is better than a collar when walking dogs).

"Our cruelty-free basket of gifts didn't cause harm to any animals, and we think that's how Bo would want it," says PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk. "Every day should be like Christmas for Bo and all the other dogs and cats who give us so much joy and unconditional love."

She also penned a note to the first lady, who once referred to Bo as her "son."

Dear Mrs. Obama:

On behalf of PETA and our more than 2 million members and supporters worldwide, happy holidays to you and your family, including your beautiful "son," Bo.

As animal rights advocates, we would be remiss if we didn't make sure that Bo got a gift basket from PETA headquarters here in Washington. The basket includes assorted vegan dog treats, a harness (which will make walks with Bo more comfortable for everyone), a penguin-shaped squeaky toy, and a copy of my book Let's Have a Dog Party!, which includes "promise coupons" for doggie outings and scratches behind the ears. Here's wishing everyone in your family a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

Respectfully yours,

Ingrid E. Newkirk