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Obama just found out how important a NEW PUPPY is …

By Gary Bogue
Friday, November 7th, 2008 at 10:58 am in dogs, Obama, Presidential Pets, Puppy.

When press releases about president-elect Obama’s promise to give his two darling daughters a new puppy started pouring into my e-mail basket the day after the election, I decided I better take a closer look.

Here’s what I discovered:

** A Google search for “Obama, new puppy” turned up 499,000 results.

** The day after the election, 21 blogs commented, some in great depth, about Obama’s promise to get a new puppy for his daughters.

** One of the top blogs to talk about this was by Wayne Pacelle , president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United states — Wayne Pacelle, A Human Nation:

“I wanted to congratulate and welcome Barack Obama, and ask you to join me in signing this on-line thank you card. Mr. Obama and his wife Michelle had previously announced they would adopt the puppy they’d promised to their daughters—and here’s a chance to show our gratitude for that right choice. This is, after all, National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, the perfect time to highlight the importance of adopting animals from shelters.”

** The American Veterinary Medical Association’s press release suggested to Obama that the first family should devote the same care in picking a new family pet as he is in selecting his cabinet. Dr. James Cook, president of the AVMA, said “I understand there may be a dog allergy in the Obama family, and, if that’s the case, then choosing a dog that has low dander and doesn’t shed may be the right choice.” Dr. Cook added that rescuing a dog from a shelter is a great option the Obama family should consider. “When you can take an unwanted animal and give it a home, it just makes you feel good.

“AVMA has a brochure, What You Should Know About Selecting a Dog, at that offers invaluable information that will help ensure that everyone, even the president-elect, is making the right choice,” adds Cook.

** A press release from the American Kennel Club offered to “Help Obama make good on his campaign promise to his daughters.” The press release further stated that “As president-elect Barack Obama prepares to move into the White House he will now have to make good on all his campaign promises, including his most important vow to his family to get his daughters a dog. In August, “more than 42,000 Americans cast their vote in the AKC’s poll to determine the right breed of dog for the Obamas at The Poodle was chosen from a list of five hypoallergenic breeds, each with distinct characteristics that made them uniquely suited for Obama’s daughter who suffers from allergies.

** A press release from Best Friends Animal Society says “All-American dog for the Obamas can be a rescued pooch: Best friends, home of the nation’s largest companion animal sanctuary and ‘Dog Town’ can help find, train perfect pup for the White House.” Best friends is the home of second chances and pet adoption is what we are all about, said Julie Castle, director of community programs for Best Friends, where approx. 600 dogs and 1,400 other animals call home. “We can also tap into our vast network of shelters and rescuers around the country to help match the Obamas with just the right dog.”

** The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals sent a press release stating, “ASPCA encourages Obama family to ‘Make Pet Adoption Their First Option.’” The release went on, ‘The ASPCA today applauded the flurry of recent news reports that the Obama Family will consider adopting a shelter dog when they choose their new family pet for the White House. ‘The unconditional love we get from our companion animals is one of the greatest gifts in life,’ said ASPCA president and CEO Ed Sayers. ‘At the ASPCA, we are thrilled at the prospect that the Obama Family will make pet adoption their first option and head to their local animal shelter or rescue group, where there are many extraordinary animals just waiting for a forever home.”

** San Francisco-based DogTime Media (, which calls itself “the leading pet Web site dedicated to helping reduce the number of homeless and dying pets, sent a press release offering multiple links for tips, tools and other information for the future White House Pup, ranging from :”what makes a dog presidential” to finding hypoallergenic dogs.”

** A press release from sent a press release offering “important reminders as the Obama Family gets excited for a new puppy.

… and all president-elect Obama thought he had to worry about was the economy, the environment, our enormous debt, fighting two wars, etc., etc., etc. Obviously he didn’t realize that this country is going to the puppies. My vote goes to a hypoallergenic rescue puppy. /Gary

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3 Responses to “Obama just found out how important a NEW PUPPY is …”

  1. Shadeah Escobar(examiner intern) Says:

    “So what kind of dog do you think Obama should get for the girls? You don’t have to register or enter your e-mail address. Just give us your thoughts.
    “Will it be a Labrador racing around the White House grounds? Or something in the lapdog range? Perhaps something in-between. Pound puppy or purebred?”

  2. Jasmine Beaupre Says:

    Great article.

    And Please Mr. Prez-elect adopt a sheltered animal so many will follow in your footsteps and save so many pets.

  3. Eileen Ring Says:

    How about an older dog? Someone at the Pound told me once that an older dog has only a 30% chance of being adopted, which is tragic. How many wonderful dogs have never had a chance at life because they’re not “cute” anymore?

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