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An unidentified Portuguese Water Dog from www.dogbreedinfo.com

Get ready for that first photo of the first daughters frolicking with their long awaited new puppy!

In the latest puppy buzz, according to the celebrity news site TMZ, the new first dog will arrive at the White House on Tuesday. TMZ is reporting in great detail and with utmost confidence - though with no attribution or sourcing - that the dog is a 6-month-old Portuguese water dog from the same prominent kennel in Texas where Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) got his dogs.

The first puppy even comes from the same lineage as the Kennedy dogs, according to TMZ:

The black dog -- a male -- is approximately six months old. We've learned it was bred at the kennel and sold to someone who gave it back. The kennel is now "re-homing" the dog to the Obamas. The dog was named Charlie, but the Obamas will rename it.

Now here's where the Kennedys come into play. The kennel has sold the Kennedys three Portuguese Water Dogs in the past, all from the same lineage. The dog the Obamas will be getting is from the same lineage as the Kennedy dogs. The Kennedy family will be presenting the new dog to the Obamas, but it's really coming from the kennel.


By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 11, 2009; 2:55 AM ET
 
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Comments

Great news! Lets just hope Fenty doesn't have some sycophant strong arm some official to confiscate the dog to give to his sons. May be safer to do the exchange at Camp David outside of the Fenty fiefdom.

Posted by: Thominnj | April 11, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

If TMZ has the correct information, let us hope this is not a puppy mill

Posted by: frlov | April 11, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Purebred, mixed-breed, shelter/rescue or breeder-bought -- I hope the Obama pup is a good friend to the family, and vice versa, long after they have left the White House.

Don't politicize the pup, peops!

P.S.: I'm a Republican. My dog is nonpartisan.

Posted by: DagnyT | April 11, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Puppy mill is a term developed by animal right activists to condemn all breeders that they don't approve of.

Because they actually approve of NO pets being bred whatsoever, they have begun to spread the idea from the worst cases of neglect to all breeders.

The horrible fact is that breeders actually started the animal rescue movement and continue to be active in animal rescue.

Instead of people who know how to whelp and take care of young puppies, the movement is now being hijacked by people who have no idea whatsoever and tend to assume 1) all behavior is from abuse
and 2) that an puppy raised in an abusive environment can be rescued to be a good pet.

Neither point is true. Puppies born of stressed mothers will forever be fearful and anxious-- and the stress can be as simple as being say, "rescued" in the last two weeks of pregnancy and put in a high-stress shelter environment.

I would never get a young pup from a shelter that was whelped there. It is always best, no matter how dire the circumstances may be, that the dam stay in familiar surroundings to whelp under good care. A shelter is not good care.

Now, that's not the message we're hearing from those anti-puppy mill activists.

Some of those nuts actually have bought from reputable breeders and then starved and abused those dogs and then resold them as "puppy mill" dogs.

Honestly, it's like calling hospitals and birthing centers "baby mills." Nobody'd raise a kid in a hospital, yet those places are the best places to give birth because of the experienced care and resources available.


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | April 11, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Who gives a puppy-poop?

There is so much going on in the world, and the Post is giving insane amounts of coverage to the White House Puppy, but shrinking the Business coverage...

Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | April 11, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Yay! I hope they all have a great time with their new dog.

And I think the next round of stories and photos, after frolicking, ought to be the new owners attending obedience school with their new small, furry responsibility.

As to who will attend these lessons, I think there are four possibilities, but if this is like most American families I've observed, when the dust settles those going to obedience school will be: Mom and dog.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | April 11, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

There is something newsworthy about this dog story. Obama had said with pandering sanctimony they would get a rescue dog. (Michelle certainly said so and I think I remember Barack saying the same.) But now, it's "a 6-month-old Portuguese water dog from the same prominent kennel in Texas where Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) got his dogs." Rescue dog, right. Obama's commitment to the animal rights crowd is about like his "honoring" various religious constituencies: He doesn't believe in anything, and therefore can readily pander to everything.

Posted by: dcsuburb | April 11, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

What happened to the promise to get a mixed breed dog from the SPCA or other rescue shelter. Doesn't this president ever tell the truth?

Posted by: Celestaw | April 11, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

It is irresponsible to not obtain a dog from a shelter. There are many animals awaiting adoption. When it comes to animals, Obama is Dumbo.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | April 11, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Let's stop making false claims about any promises to get a dog from a shelter or rescue. Obama was very up front that the dog could come from *either* a shelter, preferred, but because the paramount concern was a medical one for their child, the dog must be hypoallergenic and therefore may not come from a shelter. Tonight I have seen a few posts at different websites including this one making the false claim that Obama said the dog *would* come from a shelter, as though it was the truth. it isn't.

Those screaming about the shelter idea, get a life and get informed. Stop making claims easily proven false. Mostly get the point that the children of politicians, particularly those with medical needs, are not *your* opportunity for a billboard with your issue plastered across it.

Posted by: siren1 | April 12, 2009 12:54 AM | Report abuse

Let's stop making false claims about any promises to get a dog from a shelter or rescue. Obama was very up front that the dog could come from *either* a shelter, preferred, but because the paramount concern was a medical one for their child, the dog must be hypoallergenic and therefore may not come from a shelter. Tonight I have seen a few posts at different websites including this one making the false claim that Obama said the dog *would* come from a shelter, as though it was the truth. it isn't.

Those screaming about the shelter idea, get a life and get informed. Stop making claims easily proven false. Mostly get the point that the children of politicians, particularly those with medical needs, are not *your* opportunity for a billboard with your issue plastered across it.

Posted by: siren1 | April 12, 2009 12:55 AM | Report abuse

Great!I hope the Obamas will have a nice time in the White House. I love Obama,I believe that he can rebuilding the power of America. He is cool, I am your fans!!!

Posted by: jingtao198964 | April 12, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Bo is a rescue dog. Few would buy an expensively bred pup that had been returned by his first master, i.e. has a behaviral defect or departs from the breed standard. I have mostly had reternees -- a Scottish terrier, a border collie, a Lombardy shepherd,2 German pointers -- all superb dogs after time-consuming retrainingt. They were not cheap, and I was required to have them spayed or neutered. Lacking a rescuer who would pay full price, the dogs would have been put down. A reputabl breeder will pay for retraining behavioral problems, and warrant all their dogs but would not allow a defective, cross-bred, or non-standard pup to live or breed and injure his reputation. It is cheaper to put down all returnees. The Obamas must by law pay market price, or turn over the pup to the Nation,as with any nontrivial gift to the president. It would have been cheaper and safer to buy a pup that was not pre-owned. This choice was a noble one.

Posted by: folk1 | April 13, 2009 1:10 AM | Report abuse

A dog from one dog to another. Fitting.

Posted by: segeny | April 13, 2009 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Hmm. Wonder why my previous post failed to post. All I said that it was fitting that a dog gave a dog to another dog.

Posted by: segeny | April 13, 2009 8:25 AM | Report abuse

So glad to hear that Obama decided to finance the euthanasia of the dog he had promised to adopt. Now that's a mighty strong message for a new era! Obama--plain and simple, you lied again!

Posted by: douglasbuffo | April 13, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

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