The Obama’s New Dog

bofirstdogThe First Family has their new dog.  They’re getting a Portuguese Water Dog puppy that Sasha and Malia have already named Bo (his registered name is Amigo’s New Hope).  Bo was returned to his breeder because he and the other dogs didn’t get along in his first home.

Some people who work in animal rescue are disappointed the Obamas didn’t get their new dog from a shelter or rescue organization.  Others are upset they got a pure bred dog.  I think ultimately families need to research and give it a lot of thought and do what’s best for their own family.   In this instance, the Obamas wanted to ensure the new dog didn’t cause allergy problems for Malia, which might lead to the dog needed yet another home.

Breeders and fans of Portuguese Water Dogs are worried that the attention given the First Family’s new dog will lead to over-breeding by puppy mills trying to cash in on a fad. Rescue groups are worried people will buy Portuguese Water Dogs who aren’t prepared for their energy and needs.  Happily, Bo has a headstart on fitting into his new family.  He’s already had a month’s worth of training.

If you want to learn more about Portuguese Water Dogs, check out the PWD Club of America.

Obamas Intend To Adopt A Rescue Dog

President-Elect Barack Obama and his wife Michelle promised their daughters that when the election was over they would get a dog and it looks like they plan to adopt a rescue dog. Yea!

They were favoring a Goldendoodle, but several animal welfare groups urged the Obamas to adopt a dog rather than get a dog from a breeder.  The future First Family could still get a Goldendoodle through a breed rescue group.  A poll on DailKos shows people think the Obamas should get a mutt—it’s winning with 43% of the vote. You can vote too.

How do you think you housetrain a dog in the White House???