Lois Pope, a Palm Beach philanthropist, Trump friend and widow of National Enquirer founder Generoso Pope, says she has fallen in love with the goldendoodle she originally procured for the incoming president and his family.
Pope, though no one asked her to do so, began searching for a hypoallergenic breed for Trump once he won the election.
She found a handsome Goldendoodle, took him home and named the 8-week-old pup Patton, after Trump’s favorite military hero.
At Thanksgiving, when Pope joined the Trumps for Thanksgiving dinner at Mar-a-Lago, she showed Trump photos of the dog.
“Show it to Barron (Trump’s 10-year-old son). He’s going to fall in love with him,” Trump said, according to Pope.
But Pope fell in love first.
“I couldn’t sleep, and the reason I couldn’t sleep was because I fell in love with the dog,” she told The New York Post. “I thought, what am I going to do? I’m going to have to get him another dog.”
When the Trumps arrived in Palm Beach for Christmas, Pope again visited Mar-a-Lago, and informed Trump she couldn’t part with Patton.
“Donald said, ‘But, Lois, I can’t take the dog,'” Pope recalled. “He said, ‘Look at what I do. I’m here, I’m in New York, I’m in Washington. What am I going to do with the dog?’ And I said, ‘Well, you can’t have him!’
“We went back and forth between ‘You can’t have him’ and ‘I don’t want him’ for a little while,” she added.
Trump would be the first president since Reconstruction without a pet in the White House and the first since 1901 without a dog.
The last pet-less president, Andrew Johnson, was impeached.
Pope said her last conversation with Trump concluded with her offer to “scour the nation” for a first dog, should the family decide it wants one.
(Photo from The New York Post)
Posted by John Woestendiek January 17th, 2017 under Muttsblog.
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Lois Pope, a prominent philanthropist and Trump supporter in Palm Beach, Fla., has offered the Trumps a 9-week-old goldendoodle to ease their transition into the White House.
Pope told the Washington Post she notified Trump in writing about the dog, and showed him a photo of Patton during a Thanksgiving event at the Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home.
“He said, ‘Go over there and show it to Barron.’ He said, ‘He’s going to fall in love with him.’ He said, ‘Barron will want him,'” Pope recounted.
When she showed the photo to Trump’s 10-year-old son, Pope said “a big smile came over his face, and it just brought tears to his eyes.”
The Trumps currently have no pets, and as with cabinet picks, there has been plenty of speculation over whether they would, should and might get a White House dog.
Only two U.S. presidents have gone entirely pet-less during their terms in the White House.
Hope Hicks, a Trump spokeswoman, said no decisions have been made about the dog.
The Post reported she wouldn’t say where she got the puppy, but Fox News is quoting her as saying both of the dogs parents (we assume that refers to his canine parents) served in the military.
The Fox report says Pope conducted an “exhaustive, nationwide” search to find the right dog for the Trumps.
(Photos: Patton, in a photo provided by Lois Pope; Pope and dogs, from the Palm Beach Post)
Posted by John Woestendiek December 8th, 2016 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, barron, dogs, donald trump, first dog, goldendoodle, lois pope, offer, palm beach, patton, pets, presidency, presidents, Trump, white house
Nadya Suleman — better known as “Octomom” — has reportedly rejected an offer to appear in an adult film, but accepted one from PETA to let her yard be used to send a message on the dangers of pet overpopulation.
Facing financial difficulties and the loss of her home — her mortgage holder told the Associated Press he plans to file foreclosure papers in court within days — the mother of 14 children weighed both offers, but rejected the idea of appearing in a porn film, according to her lawyer, Jeff Czech.
Steven Hirsch, co-chairman of Vivid Entertainment, announced this week that his company would pay off Suleman’s $450,000 mortgage if she would make a porn film.
Hirsch declined to say whether Suleman had expressed interest in the offer, but Czech indicated she had rejected it out of hand. He confirmed that Suleman had accepted an offer from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals — $5,000 to put a sign in her front yard proclaiming, “Don’t Let Your Dog or Cat Become an Octomom. Always Spay or Neuter.”
As an added incentive, the animal rights organization had said Wednesday it would throw in a month’s supply of veggie burgers and veggie hot dogs for Suleman and her 14 children, who range in age from 1 to 8.
Suleman has been raking in some dough. She signed a deal with the European production company, Eyeworks, for a TV show, and got a payoff from RadarOnline.com after the tabloid site was cited by the state labor commissioner for allegedly failing to get the required permits to videotape her children.
Posted by John Woestendiek March 25th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
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Convicted dogfighter and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has been invited to pose for Playgirl, and the magazine says it will donate $1 million to PETA if he accepts.
“I sent the request to Michael Vick on Wednesday,” Daniel Nardicio, Playgirl rep told Life & Style Weekly. “But we haven’t heard back yet … I figured he paid back society for dog fighting, but what about the animals? This way he could donate a large sum to PETA and all he’d have to do is pose for the magazine.”
Why the magazine would choose PETA as the beneficiary, as opposed to any of the organizations that actually took in the surviving dogs from the quarterback’s dogfighting operation, is a mystery. Maybe it figured that would make their gimmicky offer even more controversial and rake in more publicity.
In which case, ’nuff said.
Posted by John Woestendiek February 23rd, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: $1 million, donation, magazine, michael vick, news, nude, offer, peta, philadelphia eagles, photos, playgirl, pose, posing
A California dog owner is offering a $3,000 reward for the return of her two pit bull puppies.
The two 10-week-old pups, named Chocolate and Ashley, disappeared from the backyard of Fair Norton’s home in Hayward Aug. 12, according to the Oakland Tribune. Norton suspects they went through a hole in the fence.
A pet detective, hired for $600, used a bloodhound to determine the pups had followed a creek bed into a quarry. But the trail ended there.
“I just have a feeling that somebody has them,” Norton said. “If something happened to them, we would have seen something … someone would have found a dead dog.”
Norton said the dogs were early wedding gifts from a cousin who owns the puppies’ parents.
Chocolate is brown and white, with green and hazel eyes and a brown and pink spotted nose. He has a brown leather studded collar. Ashley is gray and white, with steel gray eyes and a black leather collar. Both have white-tipped tails.
Anyone with information may call Norton at 323-384-1640 or 209-834-4317.
Posted by John Woestendiek September 3rd, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: ashley, california, chocolate, detective, dogs, fair norton, hayward, lost, lost dog, lost dogs, missing, oakland, offer, pet, pit bulls, puppies, reward, trail
Remember Tarra and Bella, the elephant and dog who became steadfast friends at a Tennessee animal sanctuary?
Here’s a new development that’s almost as refreshing as the original story. After the report by Steve Hartman aired at CBS, The Elephant Sanctuary, located outside of Nashville, was deluged with calls and offers.
“The pair showed such devotion, such tenderness and trust, it was almost hard to believe,” Hartman reports in this update. “The whole story seemed like a Disney movie to a lot of people – including people at Disney.”
Disney pitched a live action movie that would star Tarra or another trained elephant. Scott Blais and Carol Buckley, cofounders of the sanctuary, answered with a resounding no.
“It just goes against the core of who the sanctuary is,” Blais said.
“We don’t want them to be in those environments where they’re dominated and trained to perform for people,” Buckley said.
As Hartmann summed up: “Here at the sanctuary, they’ve got this crazy idea that animals — elephants especially — aren’t just here to serve us. They honestly believe that some animals are here for the same reasons we are — to love and do for others, whether it’s appreciated or not.”
Well said, Steve-O.
While Tarra and Bella won’t be going to the big screen, they will be showing up in picture book. It will be coming out Sept. 8, and profits will be used to support the sanctuary.
To find out more about it, click here.
The original story of Tarra and Bella was one of most popular videos of all time at CBSNews.com, so it deserves an encore:
Posted by John Woestendiek June 7th, 2009 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: animals, bella, cbs, disney, dog, elephant, entertainment, friends, movie, offer, rejected, sanctuary, steve hartman, tarra, tennessee
PETA has withdrawn its offer to televise an anti-dogfighting public service announcement with former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick after his release from prison, saying it will now do so only if Vick undergoes a brain scan to prove he has changed his ways.
In an e-mail to Vick’s attorneys, PETA President Ingrid Newkirk urged that Vick undergo a brain scan and a full psychiatric evaluation before being eligible to return to the NFL.
“If he passes the test, everyone can truly have hope that he has the capacity to change, and indeed has changed, not just in word but in heart, mind and deed,” the e-mail read. “If that’s so, we will be overjoyed and look forward to having Michael record the spot in July in which he tells dogfighters to get out and explains that cruelty to animals is wrong.”
Posted by John Woestendiek January 23rd, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: ad, advertisement, apology, attorneys, brain scan, dogfighting, ingrid newkirk, law, michael vick, nfl, offer, peta, psa, public service announcement, quarterback, return, withdraw, withdrawn