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Beanie Baby maker tries again with presidential pooch

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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.
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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.

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