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Bo Obama asked out by lady Goldendoodle to Oregon dog fundraiser

Bo Obama, the gentlemanly dressed First Dog, was asked by a Goldendoodle named Ramona to escort her to the Portland, Ore., Doggie Dash fundraiser for the Oregon Humane Society. Ramona addressed Bo Obama in a YouTube video and wrote the FDOTUS a letter. 

By Andrew AverillCorrespondent / March 22, 2013

Bo Obama was invited to the Portland, Ore., Doggie Dash by a, so far, lovelorn Goldendoodle named Ramona.

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Bo Obama is a catch.  

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Owned by a presidential family, from the same litter as former-Sen. Ted Kennedy's dog Cappy, and, like The Washington Post's Manuel Roig-Franzia wrote, he's a debonair gentleman: "[He's got tuxedo-black fur, with a white chest, white paws and a rakish white goatee."  

So it's easy to see why, considering the spate of celebrities being asked to Prom through rambunctious high schooler-led social media campaigns, Bo would not be left out. Enter a doting Goldendoodle from Oregon, who targeted America's favorite coiffed canine in a YouTube video requesting his escort to the Oregon Humane Society's 26th annual Doggie Dash fundraiser. 

Bo would be made the Grand Marshal and lead some 4,000 dogs and their humans on a parade along the Willamette River in Portland, Ore. 

The YouTube video shows the Goldendoodle, named Ramona, looking lovesick and lonely. And then Crayola crayon outlined thought bubbles appear above her head, "Oh no!! I don't have a date for Doggie Dash!"  

A picture of Bo, framed inside a floating heart, appears above a hopeful name: Mrs. Ramona Obama, First Dog-Lady.  

Ramona gets busy. How does one reach the FDOTUS? She tries reaching him through her twitter handle, @ramona_the_dog, but, despite her pinpointed typing skills, she has no luck. Bo doesn't even return her Facebook message. He's unreachable (like his Dad).  

On the Doggie Dash's website, Ramona even makes a five point argument for why the pair would hit it off. They're both hypoallergenic, they both love blues music, she'd frolic in the Hawaiian sand with him any day.  

In a last-ditch effort, Ramona writes Bo a letter. She begins by appealing to his ego — he's probably really busy and important at the White House, but here he'd be leading 4,000 dogs. Following that, an appeal to his conscience. The Oregon Humane Society doesn't get tax dollars or any other government support and they need this fundraiser so they can match their record set this year of placing 11,000 dogs into homes. 

And then Ramona throws caution aside and comes on strong: "Because I love you, and want to marry you, and be the First Dog-Lady of the United States."

Although ABC News reported the humane society hasn't heard back yet, workers did communicate with Oregon's congressional delegation to ensure the letter made it into the right hands (paws).  

A petition on Change.org had 699 signatures as of this morning. 

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