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The Presidents Dog - Before He Was Elected

Updated on July 31, 2012

What Type of Dog Should The First Family Get?

(Authors note 5-11-2012: President Barack Obama's dog has already been "chosen" and elected. This article however can be used for educational and historical purposes)


I'm a little irritated right now - and with good cause. All this hub-bub about Barack Obama the President Elect but no mention of the Presidential Pooch Elect yet.

I mean come on now- don't we have a choice here? Do we just have to just stand by and wait till the Obama's pick any old pooch out of the shelter???

Seriously though, this article is in response to another writers request about WHAT TYPE OF DOG SHOULD PRESIDENT OBAMA GET AND WHY??

Such an interesting question that begged to be answered so here's my 2 cents worth on the subject.

The First Family - Do They Even Have a Dog Yet?

Since WE THE PEOPLE obviously get no choice to vote for and elect the next Presidential Pooch Elect, perhaps we can brainstorm here and help the first family come up with some ideas. I have no idea if they even have a dog yet, so let's first assume that they don't and that they will be needing to make this addition to the White House at some point in the future. I mean, hey now, what's a White House without a dog? And further more, those 2 darling girls of Barack Obama's just have to have a dog, right? And Michelle needs to have something to keep her warm and cuddly when Barack has to go out of the country!!

So taking all these things into consideration, what kind of dog should the First Family get and why?

Pappy and Cain: The Presidential Pooch Elects

Well first off I am going to go out on limb here and suggest that they have 2 dogs, not just one. 2 dogs are just so much more fun, and I think they should have one small one to curl up with the first lady and/or with the kids, and a small dog is great for this type of service. Since the Presidential Pooch Elect should probably be photogenic for the cameras I suggest a small dog like a Papillion which will not only take cute pictures but can also fit nicely on Air Force One. I recommend also that this Presidential Pooch Elect should be spayed and/or neutered, so the first family does have to worry about Pappy flying the coop in search of another Presidential Pooch Elect first lady.

So, now that we have the first Presidential Pooch Elect picked, I think that the second Presidential Pooch Elect should be a border collie named Cain (hehehehe) Cain will be a great addition to the Obama family, full of energy, and the kids will have a blast with him and Obama can run Cain ......and run Cain....... and they can run run run....... Barack will enjoy trying to outwit Cain and they can have some fierce run-offs! Barack will never get bored with Cain because border collies are just the smartest pooches around. Not smart enough to win an election though!!!

The First Dogs- A Sort of Dogs to Riches Story

So where would these presidential pooch elects come from?

Well in true Obama fashion I think that the Presidential Elect Pooches should be underdogs, sort of like the first family elect was. So in keeping with family and election history I think it would be just marvelous if Pappy and Cain came from the shelter - sort of a dogs to riches story.

Perhaps Pappy and Cain never thought they would be Presidential Pooches Elect - never realizing the dream that they would come from such diverse backgrounds and upbringings to actually make it all the way to the White House! Oh, what lucky dogs!!!.......Coming out of adversity all the way to being able to go tinkle on the lawn of the White House!

Hey and for the record, I think Pappy and Cain need a handler that understands dogs (sort of like a dog whisperer) and I think the perfect Candidate would be me! (President Obama .....Do you think have enough room at the White House for a writer with a crazed sense of imagination and humor??)

If only people would take my advice.....

(Dorsi Diaz is a freelance writer - if you enjoyed this hub please rate me thumbs up and perhaps I can picked to be the next Presidential Dog Whisperer Elect)

A Border Collie Perhaps?

This is Simon my own border collie. The Obamas would have alot of fun with an active dog like this.(they just can't have mine though!)
This is Simon my own border collie. The Obamas would have alot of fun with an active dog like this.(they just can't have mine though!)


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    issues veritas 

    9 years ago

    No dog is better than the well trained Joey Biden dog.

    He knows his place, and it is not in the White House.

    He is a quiet and obedient dog.


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    9 years ago

    If one of the dogs is going to be names Cain, then the other one has to be called Sarah. And yes, please do neuter this one too. We know how productive,er, fertile she can be when the mood strikes!

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    Reg Brittain 

    10 years ago from South Burlington, VT, USA

    Fun and topical. Thank you.

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    Rebecca Graf 

    10 years ago from Wisconsin

    In the local schools the kids got to vote for president. My oldest two told me who they voted for and had some very good reasons. I was really impressed by what the 12 and 10 year old said. Then my six year old said that she was going to vote for -- watch the name she said -- Barrako Bama. I had to know her reasoning. Well, he was going to get his kids a dog so he couldn't be a bad guy. I laughed so hard. She got upset thinking I was laughing at who she was voting for and I told her that if that was what was important to her then go and vote for him, baby!

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    10 years ago from Southern California, USA

    I wrote a hub a few months ago comparing Obama's speech about getting a puppy to Nixon's "Checkers Speech".  Both are very different individuals, but I always thought it was interesting how politicians use dogs and family to tug at the heart strings of Americans.  Personally I hope Obama picks whatever type of dog his kids want because that is what matters most.

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    10 years ago from Chicago

    At the first press conference, Obama mentioned a “mutt” for the First Family-Elect’s canine probable choice as he said too, he is a mutt as well! So don’t expect the AKC to come-a-knock’n pushing purebreds. More like “Pet Rescue”, or a deaf (not mute) mutt with 3-legs, one-eye and a pirate eye-patch. ARRRG, Shiver me dog house timbers!

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    10 years ago from MA, USA

    You've got my vote Dorsi for the next Presidential Dog Whisperer Elect. Thumbs up.

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    10 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

    Shih Tzu's are hypoallergenic. HAnds down the cutest small dog in the world too. Obama even mention that he wanted a "mutt like himself." Shih Tzu's are pretty much a cross between a dumb ass and a poddle/chihuahua mix. They resemble Lhasa Apsos but are smaller and dumber. Don't worry, they operate similarly to Paris Hilton, a dog with looks and pizzazz but no brains--at all. We have a shih tzu and he's even entertaining. I have dog allergies too, and he never bothers me!

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    Juliet Christie Murray 

    10 years ago from Sandy Bay Jamaica

    Dorsi Girl

    You really are  so funny you have me cracking up here. What about a German shepherd dog , a defender ,one that can stand up for itself in case others think underdogs has no right  to be there in the Whit house.

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    10 years ago

    I think that the Obama's need a very special dog. One with the intelligence and style that Obama's have shown. I've obedience trained them. I've trained them for hunting. They are gentle dogs that responde well to praise training, not force training. They are elligent dogs and beutiful when you see them. We've had one for all of the 36 years that we've been married. They have hair instead of fur, so they're good for people with allergies. They are Standard Poodles.

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    10 years ago

    Presidential pooch elect first lady? tinkle on the White House lawn? Dorsi, you're cracking me up LOL

    Oh, and MM, big ears? LOL this is too funny! but oh so cute!

    Thanks for answering Sally's request! A definite fun hub!

    Great hub!!!

  • Sally's Trove profile image


    10 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

    Maddie just published a Hub on hypoallergenic dogs. There's quite an impressive selection. Check it out...

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    10 years ago

    pshh who cares..

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    10 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

    Dorsi, that link to is a hoot! I just hope the girls name the dog, all by themselves, something really precious like Ginger or Max or Stinky or Fluffy, and nothing remotely resembling something like Lipstick or Unity or Joe the Plumber! LOL!

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    Dorsi Diaz 

    10 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Hehehehe.... I love it - the Audogcity of hope!! Priceless!! Wait till I tell my border collie what an inspiring face he has!!!

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    Susan Reid 

    10 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

    Aside from the hypoallergenic issue, this is a complicated decision. there is a lot of pressure on the First Family with this decision. If they choose a "designer dog" like the Labradoodle or Goldendoodle, they will go right back to their elitist image that they have worked so hard to overcome. If they get a pooch from the pound that's great. But what are the chances of finding a non-shedding dog?

    I will say your choice of the Papillon is Freudian (IMO). Look at those big, sticky-outy ears! Remind you of anyone????

    Also like your idea for the two adopted dogs. And the look on your own Border Collie's face says it all: The Audogcity of Hope!


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