A Puppy for the Obama Family
How much is that doggy in the White House?
When asked to do a story on what type of dog will land in the White House, my initial reaction was Ugh. Yep, I’m one of those non-dog lovin’ peeps. Please don’t throw Puppy Chow at me.
However, I do like Barack Obama’s parenting tactic, and it’s one I employ in my own home:
“I promise you a puppy the day I become president of the United States of America.”
So far, I’m winning the puppy war in my home, because I’m never running for president. Obama – you may have won the presidency, but you lost the puppy war!
Although, if I were to become president, I could TOTALLY handle getting a family puppy. See, it’s not that I don’t like dogs. I do. Small, cute little ones are really adorable. It’s the hair thing and the poop thing, and the feeding thing and the disciplining that kind of make me shudder. I did that with my three kids. I don’t need to go that route again.
YET, if I were the president, I’d have STAFF to handle all of these issues, and I could play with my pup at my leisure! I’d be all for that.
What type of four-legged pal will Malia and Sasha Obama be getting? Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan has suggested a “medium level energy dog” like a Rottweiler. Rumor has it that their pet will come from a shelter, and of course, that’s completely apropos in following Obama’s campaign plan. He wants to help the underprivileged, and again, I’m all for that. But this begs the question “Are dogs in shelters more in need of a good home than purebreds?” Is this Obama saying, “I’m going to give the minority dogs a fighting chance?”
Regardless, I am guessing the Obamas will pick out a friendly mutty-type dog who might have had a rough go in the beginning. Maybe he got left at the side of the road, or dropped off in the country by someone who didn’t want him. Their pup will mesh with the children, he will run with the girls in the White House gardens (Will the girls be allowed to play outside at the White House? Will they get a play set? Has there ever been a play set at the White House?). Their pup will be thrilled at the love and the freedom and the attention the Obama family and White House staff will bestow upon him.
I do not picture a Jack Russell Terrier or a Boxer, or even a small fluffy little pup. I envision a strong medium-sized dog that will hold his head high, come when he’s called, stand by his owners, and protect the First Family while not growling or barking at visitors. He will be obedient and respectful, a pet meticulously chosen from among others. This new White House family pet will be mighty and proud, strong and faithful, just as I am anticipating his master to be toward our country and its people.