Our sister site, the Scottish Terrier and Dog News, has the scoop.
First Dog candidate canvases for votes.
OK, enough with the wishful thinking and the polls. The Obama family needs a hypoallergenic dog so it’s highly unlikely they’re going to get a Dachshund puppy (even if they should.)
Also, at this point, everyone’s pretty much had their say and a chance to boost their favourite dog breed. Now is the time to forget all those cheerleaderish polls and put your money where your mouth is. Let’s raise the stakes.
The Daily Dachshund and Dog News is betting that Malia and Sascha are going to end up with a Bichon Frise like the cutie on the left above. Renowned psychologist and dog writer Stanley Coren says that a Bichon is one of three hypoallergenic and good-tempered breeds he would recommend for first dog. He writes at Psychology Today:
The Bichon Frise is a small white dog that looks like a miniature poodle with a round face and shorter legs. Its springy undercoat doesn’t hold much hair or dander and is recommended by the American Kennel Club for allergy sufferers. More importantly it is a playful and gentle dog that is robust enough to survive rough play.
The Bichon is also a girl dog, adorable and fluffy, unlike that Peruvian Hairless Dog that was offered up like a bad Christmas gift.
Bookmakers, let us know the odds please.
Famous politicians, or ex-politicians, with Bichon Frises include Eliot Spitzer.
More pundit pontificating about the presidential puppy, this time from Bloomberg:
How Obama finesses this issue will be an indication of his intentions toward Detroit’s automakers. Congressional Democrats won’t allow these old dogs, who can’t seem to learn new tricks, to be put to sleep. So the new administration will have to choose between throwing car companies a lifeline (again) and nationalizing them, dumping the management, wiping out the shareholders and putting them into a receivership until they can be restructured and sold.
The puppy pick will tell which one it will be.
On a personal level, the easiest way for Obama to shed the label of elitist is to get a pound dog. Someone who spends $21 for a haircut can’t fork out $2,500 for a dog whose monthly grooming costs exceed his own and expect to be seen as an ordinary Joe. Bow-wow.
It’s not hard to see why Malia Obama believes that the Goldendoodle is “the optimal dog.”
Now, just imagine what she might do if her parents decided to accept the Peruvian Hairless puppy dog that’s been offered to the family as a gift. Yep, bet that would go over well with the Obama girls.
Talk about regifting dilemmas.
My competitor has the scoop on whether or not there’s ever been a Dachshund in the white house. He dug through the archives to discover that Grover Cleveland had one. Check it out.