The Obama Family Dog

The Obama Family Dog

It seems only appropriate that a furry family member should be included in the move. After all President George W. Bush had Scottish Terriers, and Barbara Bush loved her English Springer Spaniel, Millie.

By: Natasha Morgan

Although President Obama is facing two wars and the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, he cannot forget the promise he made to his daughters Malia and Sasha when he was elected to the highest office in the nation.

In the midst of falling house prices, restrictive credit and job losses, perhaps for a bit of relief, the American public is speculating on the breed of dog that will live in the Whitehouse as a pet to the most famous girls in the world.

It seems only appropriate that a furry family member should be included in the move. After all President George W. Bush had Scottish Terriers, and Barbara Bush loved her English Springer Spaniel, Millie. Not to exclude our feline friends, we should mention the Clinton’s cat, Socks who was often highlighted in the press.

The Presidential Dog

In answer to reporters’ probes on how the selection was progressing, the then President-elect advised that it was ongoing but revealed that Malia is allergic so it has to be hypoallergenic. Since then speculation has mounted and breeds in the forefront include:

* Labradoodle, a cross between a Labrador and a poodle

* Schnoodle, a hybrid of a schnauzer and poodle

* Cockapoo, cocker spaniel and poodle mix

Malia, however, is rumored to favor a goldendoodle, a poodle crossed with a golden retriever.

Obama stated that choosing the right dog will be a tough decision. At the news conference he said, “On the other hand our preference would be to get a shelter dog but obviously a lot of shelter dogs are “mutts” like me. So, whether we are going to be able to balance those two things I think is a pressing issue on the Obama household.”

According to Chat boards and blogs, a furious debate between pure bred dog fans and advocates for shelter adoption has ensued. Dog lovers hold strong opinions on both sides of the argument but on which side the Whitehouse dog ends up, one sure thing is “it’s one lucky dog”.

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