American dog: What should the Obamas pick for First Pet?

Thursday, November 06, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama will have a host of important decisions before him in the coming weeks. Among them - what sort of dog should he and his family choose as the new First Pet?

 

"Overwhelmingly, most feel that the new president-elect and his family should adopt a pound mutt." — Meg Frost, author of the blog Cute Overload. She's been polling her readers on the question of what dog best represents America.

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Meg Frost

Comments [22]

JOHN

I feel that president should pick a dog that truly represents his culture and struggle to the presidency. After saying that, Obama should chose a pit bull, or a true K9 beast, being the rottwieler.

Feb. 01 2009 12:11 AM
Jeff

The Obamas should adopt a ridgeless Rhodesian Ridgeback. These dogs are normally culled--since they have no ridge--and are available in shelters or at breeders. They have very short hair and are very tolerable for many people with allergies. They also have incredibly sweet dispositions, are great with kids, are extremely clean, and don't drool.

Nov. 26 2008 02:53 PM
Frances

A pit bull terrier should be the new member to our elected president's family. Male or female, they make excellent companions and are amazing with kids due to their sensitive nature.

Nov. 08 2008 05:34 PM
Julia M

The Obamas should adopt, not only because it's the right thing to do, but because they are role models for the nation, and in a time of recession, many households are forced to abandon their pets, causing over-filled shelters. I also agree with other posters that a breed with a 'bad rap' such as a pit bull or a boxer might be a wise choice. Changing people's opinion of these dogs could help to cut down on dog fighting.

Nov. 08 2008 05:00 PM
vote4dogs

Of course it is up to the family and the family's needs. However, since their choice will definitely set an example and create awareness of the issues, it would be best if they adopted from a shelter. They would probably be in the position to choose any breed from a shelter, because any shelter anywhere in the country would send them a dog--giving them a full-range of choices. There certainly are enough dogs in shelters to give them that choice.

Nov. 07 2008 09:20 PM
Bogart irizarry

Adopt a PIT BULL they are a very sweet gentle bread with a very bad rep. They are the one bread that American rich and poor have in common.
thanks
Bogart

Nov. 07 2008 03:31 PM
jmb

I think they should get a working dog, like a border collie or even better an Australian shepherd. A working dog would send a message to America. Also, it would be sweet to have a dog catching frisbees on the white house lawn.

Nov. 07 2008 11:01 AM
anna

Forget the puppy. They should get a kitten, preferably from the shelter!!!

Nov. 07 2008 10:20 AM
Val

I'd like to suggest a Basenji hound, because they don't shed, slobber, or bark, and they are from the Congo region of Africa. But they are also pretty wild characters from the dog world...they climb fences and have a lot of energy. I've only known one but he was an amazing.. and extremely well-behaved.

There are so many dogs to choose from; hopefully the Obamas will find one from a shelter.

Nov. 07 2008 09:29 AM
Sarah L.

They should get a Chihuahua ,because Obama Family has so much on their hands they won't have time for a dog that has to have alot of exercise.

Nov. 07 2008 08:12 AM
Jody

They should have a terrier they can "pall around with."

Nov. 07 2008 06:42 AM
Sue

A new report stated that one of the daughters has allergies, so the choice of a pet must include what will be best for her. Maybe that's why the family is considering a "X-doodle" because poodles' coats are hypoallergenic. There are poodle mixes in shelters. Another possibility would be a short-haired dog, like a terrier mix, that gets frequent grooming to control shedding and dander. Probably the family pediatrician would have helpful recommendations. I do hope that the lucky puppy will be from a shelter.

Nov. 06 2008 08:44 PM
danielle jensen

we think the new first family should adopt a pit bull terrier. Number one because they are the king of all dogs. number two - Michael Vick and similar stories which illustrate the inhuman despicable ways that this breed has been treated. number three - good people who are unfamiliar with this breed except through negative news stories are afraid to adopt them(in my neighborhood in nyc a rescue program was instrumental in getting nice people to adopt pits; they all say they're the greatest dog).Some facts about pits: they LOVE people;they love to cuddle - spooning with a pit is the best;they are couch potatoes but will exercise with you; easy to groom; I hope this posting might convince someone out there to consider adopting one - there are loads waiting for homes because jerks breed them and then cant keep them because they go to jail or get evicted,etc. As I like to conclude with when raving about these beautiful creatures - "Petey (from the Little Rascals) was a pit bull!!!

Nov. 06 2008 06:28 PM
Dave in the Bronx

They should get a pit bull that likes to wear lipstick

Nov. 06 2008 02:15 PM
Audrey

Of course its a private family decision. But I would still like to advocate for a shelter dog - there are so many dogs out there who need a good home. Here's Magnus, who is now a part of my family. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_lcoo1cL0UKc/SRM-NEw3bXI/AAAAAAAAAEE/nrtUXfXZLCk/s1600-h/photo.jpg

Nov. 06 2008 02:00 PM
canvas

It's Obama's private family decision which breed they should pick. They have to live with it and care for it. If it was your girls would you force them to pick a dog which YOU thought represents America. Are you defining America through the values of how to treat others or which possessions express YOUR ideas of America. If the latter is the case than stuffed animals will be the next hot issue whether they are American enough.

Nov. 06 2008 01:13 PM
jenny

They actually should get a pitbull though- maybe without lipstick. They are a misunderstood breed- such loving, sweet and affectionate dogs when given a normal upbringing. Some counties surrounding DC have pitbull bans- such a misguided law that increases silly phobias. I think it would speak volumes to the country and the local area if they had a lovely pitbull or pit-mix. From a shelter or rescue of course- Homeward Trails is a great rescue group in the area.

Nov. 06 2008 11:47 AM
Cathy

A pitbull with lipstick. I kid.

Nov. 06 2008 11:27 AM
Ericka Hamburg

if they go to a breeder ill be sorry i voted for him as i'll consider it indicative of possible future insensitivites...how many pets die daily due to overpopulation and human foolishness. hit that shelter, barack.

Nov. 06 2008 11:22 AM
Batman

Of course they should adopt but I wonder if they will.... they should get a mutt because they are healthy and it won't cause the puppy mills to go into overdrive.

Nov. 06 2008 11:08 AM
Britt

Definitely adopt a pet from a shelter or rescue! Save a life!

Nov. 06 2008 09:58 AM
Jill Nanfeldt

They should adopt a ex-racing greyhound that is about 20 months old and beautiful. Greyhounds are excellent pets--virtually no time needed for housebreaking, very little shedding, very quiet (most don't bark at all), very good with children, especially girls. They are very sweet, affectionate and smart. They are "40 mile an hour couch potatoes"--a very short run several times a week is all they need and the rest of the time are happy to hang around in a comfy bed. They don't need heavy fences; just a light wire fence (or the current white house backyard) will keep them inside since they aren't climbers or diggers.

See http://www.njgap.com/Images/Photos-01.html

Nov. 06 2008 09:55 AM

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