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Beanie Baby maker tries again with presidential pooch


bo1If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

After pulling “Marvelous Malia” and “Sweet Sasha” Beanie Baby dolls inspired by President Barack Obama’s daughters due to a complaint from First Lady Michelle Obama, toymaker Ty is selling a new plush toy inspired by the nation’s First Puppy — Bo.

Ty said its $4.99 Bo toy debuted on April 16 and sold out within hours of hitting store shelves. A portion of the sale proeeds will go to support animal shelters, the company said.
Bo toys already are on auction on eBay, where one seller is seeking $2,050 for a set of “authenticated” Sasha and Malia Beanie Baby dolls. You can find other Beanie Baby retailers here.

The Obama’s search for a puppy entranced the nation and was one of Washington, D.C.’s most closely guarded secrets.

Bo, a 6-month-old Portuguese Water Dog, beame an instant, international celebrity when the family introduced him to the world this week.