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Move Over, Barney: It's Bark Obama

A yellow Lab (Washington Humane Society)

The Obama-Biden administration is already going to the dogs! "Sasha and Malia, I love you both more than you can imagine," the president-elect told them in Tuesday's victory speech. "And you have earned the new puppy that's coming with us to the White House."

Last year, Barack Obama promised his daughters that they could get a dog after the election, win or lose, and Michelle Obama said they'd like a rescue dog. The American Kennel Club conducted a public poll this summer to help them pick a sneeze-free breed (the girls have allergies), and the poodle nosed out the soft-coated wheaten terrier. Yesterday, the Washington Humane Society, the only congressionally chartered animal welfare agency in the United States, began lobbying the family to adopt in their new home town. The shelter's animals train with recovering soldiers from Walter Reed.

There's going to be a Second Dog, too: Joe Biden told reporters his wife promised he could get a new pooch if elected. What kind? Probably something big to run around the Naval Observatory grounds; in the past, he has owned two German shepherds, a black Lab and golden retriever.

By The Reliable Source  |  November 6, 2008; 1:03 AM ET
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Kool - meet the First Pit Bull

Posted by: millertek | November 6, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Millertek - get your brain out from underneath your armpit.

I hope the Bidens get a rescue dog, too.

Posted by: ramsheadtavern | November 6, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Malia would like a Golden-Noodle. Because this would promote "Designer Dogs" which is not sending a good message, the next best thing and even better would be a rescued Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier. Looks very very similar but better and steady temperament, non-barky, non-allergenic, non-shed, bladder of steel, non-barky, non-aggressive, loves children and stately, playful, non-hyper and wonderful breed. People tend to point to them or they smile when they see them. Always being asked what type of dog is that? Temperament temperament temperament. This indeed is the Breed for Barack.

Posted by: maiingan | November 6, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

rescue dogs make great sense. allergy prone dog owners face more limited choices. rather than a designer dog, i recommend my own purebred breed: a tibetan terrier. they make wonderful service dogs, they do not shed, they are highly intelligent - and came from the eponymous country, where they lived with the lamas. in times of crisis, the need for affectionate, compassionate animal companionship can be immensely soothing. i take mine to work at long term care facilities. ask if anyone at walter reed is raising one!

Posted by: davidarosy1 | November 6, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

What about the goldendoodle or labradoodle? That is, a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle, or a cross between a Lab and a poodle. Many allergic folks find they do OK with these dogs. And some people I know in Ohio actually adopted one through a rescue group. This particular rescue group was saving black puppies from a breeder in NC or SC. The breeder was trying to get only yellow puppies for sale, and was actually killing the black puppies. Absolutely outrageous, I know. If the Obamas were to ask me, I would say get an adult dog, not a puppy. Puppies are cute, but older dogs actually have more personality; plus, you can get one who already is housebroken, or one who (e.g.) you know already loves to chase a ball, or cuddle, or whatever your dream dog does. Not all dogs like all things.

Posted by: saracooper | November 6, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

i meant to add, my Ohio friends adopted a black labradoodle, through a rescue group that was taking these puppies from the breeder who was trying to sell only yellow puppies.

there are lots of breed-specific rescue groups, if Obamas are looking for a rescue poodle. I saw elsewhere that Obama had a poodle when he was a kid in Indonesia.

Posted by: saracooper | November 6, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

They should name the dog Maverick. (Oh, and if it's one of those glorified gerbil dogs that rides around in a purse, I will withdraw my support of the new administration. It can be a rescue dog, but it has to be a REAL DOG, not a toy or a fashion accessory.)

Posted by: noybizz | November 6, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Obama should get a retired racing greyhound. They have thin coats that most people aren't allergic to and it would bring more attention to the plight of these dogs. How cool would it look to have a couple of greyhounds racing around the White House lawn?

Posted by: jc13 | November 7, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Wouldn't it be great if Mrs. Bobby Kennedy gave the Obama's or Biden's a puppy? She raises Springer Spaniels. Usually the dogs in pictures with the Kennedys are Springers.

Posted by: mknepley | November 7, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

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