Help Choose the Obamas Pooch
As you may have heard, the Obamas have narrowed their dog search. First lady Michelle Obama tells People magazine the new first pooch could be a rescue Portuguese Water Dog, and not necessarily a puppy.
"Temperamentally they're supposed to be pretty good," she says. (That information came, no doubt, from Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), who has two Portuguese Water Dogs and has lobbied the Obamas to get one.) "And the folks that we know who own them have raved about them. So that's where we're leaning."
But one White House aide tells the Sleuth the process of either adopting or buying a dog hasn't really begun. So for you Poodle and Labradoodle lovers out there - President Obama has mentioned both hypoallergenic breeds would be OK for daughter Malia's allergies - there may still be time to sway the first family (as long as you're not a registered lobbyist, of course).
"No dog has been selected," says spokeswoman Semonti Mustaphi. "The Obamas may have their favorite breeds but they won't have a decision made until the Spring."
So, we ask you, dog lovers: what kind of pooch would you like to see traipsing across the South Lawn?
Mary Ann Akers
February 25, 2009; 4:01 PM ET
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