December 20th, 2010
03:52 PM ET
HONOLULU (CNN) - Finally, the entire first family will make it to Hawaii for the holidays. Bo, the first family's portugese water dog, has made his debut on the island after complying with the state's stringent animal quarantine rules.
FDOTUS – the First Dog of the United States - arrived on Saturday with First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha, according to Janelle Saneishi of the Hawaii Department of Agriculture.
Bo had to go through a rigorous quarantine program in order to meet the state's strict rabies requirements. Hawaii claims to be the only state completely rabies free.
Saneisi says the process for adult dogs takes at least four months prior to their arrival on the island. Puppies take nine months to prepare to meet the requirements. The prerequisites are fairly extensive and include a microchip implant along with the standard series of shots.