Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz

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Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz
Born(1958-02-16)February 16, 1958
DiedJanuary 12, 2011(2011-01-12) (aged 52)
OccupationDog trainer

Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz (February 16, 1958 – January 12, 2011) was an American dog trainer. She trained dogs such as US President Barack Obama's dog Bo, and Senator Edward Kennedy's three dogs.[1]

Sylvia-Stasiewicz lived with and trained Bo before knowing who his owners were. She had been suggested to the family by Vicki Kennedy, wife of Senator Kennedy, who had told her that the dog was for a "very busy family with two young daughters".[citation needed]

Sylvia-Stasiewicz died on January 12, 2011, at the age of 52.[2]


  1. ^ Shapiro, T. Rees (2011-01-15). "Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz, trainer of Bo, the Obamas' White House dog, dies at 52". Washington Post. Retrieved 2011-01-14.
  2. ^ "Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz, who trained Obama family dog Bo, dies at 52". Los Angeles Times. Associated Press. 2011-01-15. Retrieved 2011-01-15.