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By Gary Bogue
Tuesday, April 14th, 2009 at 8:23 am in Dog names, dogs, Obama, Pets, Presidential Pets.

President Obama and Bo. (AP/White House/Pete Souza)

I Googled “Obama, Bo” at 7 a.m. this morning and received 13,500,000 hits. (Then I Googled “Obama, unemployed” and got 13,000,000 hits.)

I’ve received 18 press releases in the last week from organizations and people who want to advise the Obama family on how to care for Bo, this country’s new First Dog.

And more new press releases on the subject are coming in every day. “has extensive tips and resources for families like the Obamas that are bringing a new pet into their home.” has a wealth of pet supplies the president and his family can purchase for Bo.

PETA is urging President Obama to “SNIP” Boo and is sending them a coupon that’s good for one free “SNIP.”

The Association of Pet Dog Trainers has asked its members to provide their top tips for training and living with a dog in the White House.

The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior has released a position statement and paper on “Socialization of Puppies,” which outlines the importance of this process and how it may be achieved. (That nasty Scotty dog that was always biting reporters, that belonged to … what was that guy’s name? … oh, yeah, President Bush … could have used some of that information.)

The American Humane Association is offering “the First Family tips on the new Presidential Puppy.”

The Portuguese Water Dog Club of America would like to ensure the PWDs continued welfare by educating the public (and the President) about the breed.

The American Kennel Club says, “this breed possesses a lot of energy, so without training or a job to do, the dog may entertain itself by running full-speed down the West Wing or barking at Republicans. That type of behavior may not make the best impression on visiting dignitaries, so we recommend that the Obama’s enroll Bo in an obedience class such as the new (wait for it!) … AKC S.T.A.R Puppy Program.”

At this point, I think I’ll stop listing all these organizations. My fingers are getting tired. Besides, they’re all starting to sound the same, anyway. And these are just the animal organizations. I haven’t even started on the children’s organizations that want to tell the Obamas how to prepare their daughters for living with a puppy … or the Rug Cleaners of America who want to sell them all these wonderful chemicals that will eat up their carpets so the puppy urine spots won’t show.

But I can’t leave without letting you know that even that fantastic “Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan had to put his two cents in on this. He advised the President to show his “leadership of the pack” abilities to Bo whenever he can. Just to keep his edge with the puppy, I suspect.

Otherwise, the next thing you know, Bo may start answering the RED PHONE … or chewing on it. /Gary

Bo. (AP/White House/Pete Souza)
Obama BO

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