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Just 12 photos of Michael D with his dogs Bród and Shadow

“Just resting the head here.”

THIS WEEK, ONE of the most viral images across the internet was Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and his smiling dog Lennu.

Look at them there – Lennu staring out the camera with a big grin on his face:

But two political dogs that have never gone anywhere near as viral live in Áras an Uachtaráin – Michael D’s two Bernese Mountain dogs named Bród and Shadow.

1. And there is plenty of lovable photographic evidence of the President with his two pups

janice3 Source: @grainnebiddle

2. You’ll often find one – or both of them – by his side in the garden

fairtown Source:

3. “Just resting the head here”


4. Look at the eye contact

garden party Source: Sam Boal/

5. They even get brought out to meet the Taoiseach

garden party Source: @PresidentIRL Twitter

6. And photobomb passersby

phtoo Source: Danny Callaghan/The Dublin Barber Shop

7. They’re by his side during speeches

garden party Source: @futafata

8. And often interrupting his own

9. Shadow and Bród are much loved by the crowds, naturally

thepup2 Source: Julien Behal/

10. They should be brought to all diplomatic occasions

PRES-OF-GERMANY-ARAS-VISIT-MX-13 Source: Photography

11. Bród and Shadow…


12. The President’s best friends

faithful Source: Irish School of Ecumenics

Up there with Lennu, surely <3

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