Abrams Publishing-Stewart Tabori & Chang Books: Almost First Dog. One of the most closely watched developments of Obama's first 100 days has been the arrival of the first dog. Before Portuguese Water Dog Bo was chosen, there were months of speculation of who would be the first dog. This book details resume's submitted for the first family's consideration for a dog. Author: Spencer Starr. Hardcover; 112 pages. Published Year: 2009. ISBN 978-1-58479-845-3. Imported.