Doggy In The White House
A Time Honored Tradition
The nation is abuzz! What should President Elect Obama do? How should he choose? Where will he go? What kind of a doggy should he have? While this may seem like a rather unimportant question what with everything else he has on his mind, it is actually worthy of quite a bit of consideration.
Twenty-five of our forty-two presidents have had a dog or ten according to the American Presidents Dogs website and they have been dogs of some merit. We Americans want our president to be a well-rounded individual, and having a pet is just part of it. According to Harry S Truman, "Children and dogs are as necessary to the welfare of the country as Wall Street and the railroads."
Washington had his ten hounds, LBJ had his variety pack of seven dogs (including one mongrel) Teddy Roosevelt had his pit bull (among other things), Gerald Ford had his Liberty. What kind of dog should the Obamas get?
Bear in mind that there are a couple of things the Obamas will be considering as they search for the perfect dog: First, their oldest daughter, Malia, has allergies, so they will want a hypoallergenic dog. Second, of course, is image. They will want at least one dog that presents a strong, confident, friendly, All-American image - a dog that is befitting for a man who leads our nation.
Here are some choices I came up with. Have a look, and see what you think. Remember to vote and comment at the end of the article!
(Note: Resources & Photo Credits may also be found at the end of the article.)
Copyright:SuzanneBennett:November 30, 2008
The American Bulldog
Mixed Breed Rescue Dog
Two Dogs: One For President Obama & One For His Daughters
Get Out The Vote!
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Bo Obama: First Dog Moves Into Our White House!
More About A Doggy In The White House
- If You Want A Friend In Washington, Get A Dog!
Further exploration of President Obama's choice of a White House Dog.
Bo Obama: Portuguese Water Dog
Resources & Photo Credits
AMERICAN PRESIDENTS DOGS
DOG BREED INFO CENTER - AMERICAN BULLDOG
AMERICAN BULLDOG RESCUE
STANDARD POODLE INFORMATION
Photographer: apdk: everystockphoto.com
Photographer: ninja poodles: everystockphoto.com
Photographer Irish Lane : everystockphoto.com
Photos of Freckles, Skip & Hazle are from the collection of My Own Backyard