First Dog tradition to continue under Obama

November 5, 2008

WASHINGTON – Worry not dog lovers, the White House will still have a “First Dog” under a Barack Obama administration.******Obama had promised that whether or not he won the White House, his daughters Sasha and Malia could get a dog.******”Sasha and Malia, I love you both more than you can imagine.  And you have earned the new puppy that’s coming with us,” Obama said at the start of his victory speech. ******His predecessors dating back several administrations had dogs and yes, a few cats occupied the White House too.******Obama’s running mate, Joe Biden, is also getting in on the act. He told reporters traveling with him earlier that his wife had promised him a “big dog” if he got elected.******Jill Biden had taped pictures of different dogs on the back of the seat in front of him on his campaign plane to inspire the candidate as he criss-crossed the country in the final sprint to election day.******”Jill had said the only way you are getting a dog is if you are president … we didn’t think about vice president,” said Biden. “She said at least if you live in the White House you are home.”******He dropped out of the presidential race but when Obama asked him to join the ticket, his wife Jill said if he did so she would let him have the dog he wanted.******Click here for more Reuters 2008 campaign coverage.******- Additional reporting by Sue Pleming******- Photo credit: Reuters/Jason Reed (Obama family emerges on stage at victory rally in Chicago)


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Let’s let the Obama girls decide what breed of dog they want and be happy with their decision. This dog will be, of course, their pet.

A good dog for the Obama’s would be a Portuguese Water Dog! The fact that they are medium size about 40-45 pounds would help them stay out from underfoot. No yapping little barks. No chance of being bitten by little dogs, especially when little kids are around.PWD’s are smart, easy trained, hypo-allergenic, and non shedding. They come in all kinds of colors and two different coat types (wavy and curly). Ted Kennedy has a couple of Porties, so they are already part of the Democratic party.A good choice all the way around!

Posted by kathy | Report as abusive

NOT ONE dog !!!TWO dogs, Dogs are pack animals.ONE is the loneliest number.TWO girls, TWO dogs.When you all are away, they will be together.Ask The Dog Listener.

I hope they choose the # 1 AKC Breed the Yorkshire Terrier. They are all so lovable and cute. The best dog for Joe Biden would be the Yellow Labrador Retriever

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I think they would be wise to choose a Carin Terrier for those girls..These little toto dogs (wizard Of Oz) are non alergentic, non sheading,cuddly,loveing, and loads of fun little dogs especially with kids they grow up with..They are alert and smart.They have a personility that keeps you laughing and a face to always get their way. You don’t have to really train them much as they pick up on what the rotine is and will eventually remind you of the scedules. Mary, Queen of Scotts, owned one of the first Carin terriers bred in the 15th century, actually.abit hyper as puppies (not a problem with kids) but grow into perfect family members..

They should definately consider the Coton du Tulear, a hypo allergenic dog with a coat like cotton (hence the name).Loyal, playful, love to perform tricks, yet can swim and hike for miles. Not yappy, rather a big dog personality in a cute little package.Looks very much like a Maltese or Bichon but, I think, cuter with better personalities.

I have allergy sufferers in my family. Allergies are very individual and the breed that works for one person, won’t for another allergy sufferer. A trial period might be in order. Also, it is not hair, but dander and bodily fluids (like drool) that cause allergies. Thus, size matters, the bigger the dog the more dander. A smaller dog might work out better in the long run. As much as we each have our favorite breed, mix or designer dog hybrid to each his own. Best suggestions I have are something with curly or wirey coat that is smaller, rather than large. Also, allergies are less likely to act up if the bedroom is kept as a pet-free zone. I know that is hard for some of us pet lovers to conceive, but then the allergy sufferer gets 6-8 hours out of every 24 away from any triggers. I’m all for doing everything possible to keep this a life-long commitment of pet ownership and love for that presidential pup.

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We have a papillon that we adopted 6 (almost 7 years) ago. She has a wonderful disposition, isn’t too big (about 12 lbs) and very lovable and loyal, also not at all yappy and very smart. I’d like to see a papillon in the White House & think a papillon would make an excellent pet for anyone.

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