Sunny, the Obama family dog (pictured at the White House in 2013) bit a visitor who tried to kiss her. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Sunny, the Obama family dog (pictured at the White House in 2013) bit a visitor who tried to kiss her. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Scoop: White House dog Sunny bites visiting family friend

Bad, Sunny!

The First Family has survived a domestic crisis of sorts after their pup Sunny, a 4-year-old Portuguese water dog, bit a family friend.

Even though the Obama’s family doctor Ronny Jackson stitched up the 18-year-old White House visitor and said she would be fine, she took to posting photos of the injury — that showed a drip of blood on her face — on social media.

TMZ reported that the mishap happened on Monday as the young woman, a friend of Malia, went to pet and kiss the pooch, who bit her on the face, leaving a “nasty gash” under her eye.

She apparently was most upset when she learned the bite mark might leave a scar.

Sunny, a female who came to the White House in 2013, is one of two Obama family canines. The older, male Portuguese water dog, Bo, famously came to the White House in 2008, after President Barack Obama promised Malia, now 18, and Sasha, now 15, he would get them a dog if he won the election.

Sunny’s behavior was an apparent anomaly; according to experts, Portuguese water dogs are among the least aggressive breeds.


Funny lady Kathy Griffin, coming to San Francisco’s Masonic next week on her “Celebrity Run-Ins” tour — she’s promoting the new book and doing an all new standup act — shared fun tidbits with the San Francisco Examiner on phone on Thursday. (Full story to follow soon).

Before moving to Bel Air, right next to Kanye West and Kim Kardashian (“We can wave to each other”), Griffin says she cold-called Kris Jenner to get the scoop on the kids and the neighborhood, and Jenner was “quite helpful.” (Kanye wouldn’t take her call.)

She remembered her friend, the late great Joan Rivers with a story about how Joan took her on a crazy girls weekend to London with the royals. Not only did they meet Prince Charles (“Chuck”) and Camilla (a friend of Rivers’), they also went to a hospital to visit and cheer people who were in the final stages of AIDS.


Want to belt out funny tunes and wear a big hat? Producer Jo Schuman Silver is holding auditions for performers and understudies for Steve Silver’s “Beach Blanket Babylon” at 3 p.m. Jan. 18 at Club Fugazi, the longtime home of the show, a San Francisco institution.


Actor Liam Hemsworth is 27. … Actor Orlando Bloom is 40. … Writer-producer Shonda Rhimes is 47. … Actor Patrick Dempsey is 51. … Singer Trace Adkins is 55.
… Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfuss is 56. … Writer Lorrie Moore is 60. … Comedian Rip Taylor is 83. … Writer Michael Bond is 91.

— Staff, wire reports
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