President Obama Takes Bo for a Ride – Inside the Car

President Barack Obama with dog Bo

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

updated 01/31/2012 AT 3:00 PM ET

originally published 01/31/2012 AT 4:00 PM ET

For President Barack Obama, the dog rides inside.

Obama and his Portuguese water dog Bo left their digs at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. for a little joyride to PetSmart in December, enjoying the view from the presidential motorcade on their way from Washington, D.C., to Alexandria, Va.

The photo, posted on the White House Flickr page, was also shared by Obama strategist David Axelrod on Twitter.

“How loving owners transport their dogs,” he wrote, most likely in reference to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who has apparently transported his dog in a crate and strapped to the top of his car.

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