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Obamas close to choosing family dog

They’re getting close!  Both kinds of dogs are known for being good for people with allergies.

 

 

Portuguese Water Dog.  Wikipedia

Portuguese Water Dog. Wikipedia

From The New York Times News Service:

The Obama family is nearing a decision on the breed for the First Dog. Before President-elect Barack Obama began his interview on the ABC program This Week, which was broadcast Sunday, his daughters — Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7 — asked host George Stephanopoulos to slip in this question: “What kind of a dog are we getting, and when are we getting it?”

 

Labradoodle.  Wikipedia

Labradoodle. Wikipedia

When asked, Obama laughed and said, “They seem to have narrowed it down to a Labradoodle or a Portuguese water hound,” he said, adding that the next step is to canvass shelters. “We’re closing in on it,” he said. “This has been tougher than finding a commerce secretary,” a reference to the recent withdrawal by Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico as his original selection for that post. 

Both breeds, chosen to reduce Malia’s allergy to dogs, have powerful Democratic backers. Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts owns two Portuguese water dogs, Sunny and Splash, which frequently flank him as he walks through the halls of the Capitol. Vice President-elect Joe Biden meanwhile, has a Labradoodle (part Labrador retriever, part poodle) named Brother.

 

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January 12, 2009 - Posted by | dogs, Pets | , , ,

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