President Obama and family — while selecting a majorly cute dog — missed out on a chance to further the cause of animal adoption worldwide by opting for a breeder-produced purebred.
Bo, the six-month-old Portuguese water dog gifted to the Obama’s by Sen. Edward Kennedy, was proving an unpopular choice among animal welfare advocates, though some tempered their remarks by pointing out that, while not a shelter or rescue dog, Bo had been rejected by a previous owner.
A litter mate of the Kennedy’s newest dog, Cappy, Bo apparently had a previous owner, but was returned to the breeder because he didn’t get along well with the owner’s other dogs.
On the bright side, that means it was a breeder responsible enough to insist on reclaiming dogs whose placements don’t work out.
“They were looking at shelters but in the end the Kennedys learned of this litter mate of their dog who needed a home, and they wanted to give the girls a gift – and here we are,” Catherine McCormick-Lelyveld, a spokesman for the First Lady, told the Chicago Sun-Times. “He moves in Tuesday.”
President Obama had expressed a preference for a shelter dog, but the family also needed a “hypo-allergenic dog because of daughter Malia’s allergies.
“…Our preference would be to get a shelter dog, but, obviously, a lot of shelter dogs are mutts like me … So whether we’re going to be able to balance those two things I think is a pressing issue on the Obama household,” the president said shortly after taking office.
“This is a missed opportunity to set a pet-adoption trend among Americans,” said Abbie Moore, executive director of Adopt-a-Pet.com. “With pet relinquishment up 20 to 30 percent due to the poor economy, pets in shelters can use all the help they can get.”
Since the Obama’s did not get the dog from a shelter, the Sun-Times reported, the Obamas will instead made a donation to a humane society.
(White House photos)
Posted by John Woestendiek April 13th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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President Barack Obama’s daughters have settled on a pup — a six-month-old Portuguese water dog they’ve named Bo.
The dog is a gift from Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, who owns several Portuguese water dogs. The Washington Post reported the story first in its online editions Saturday night.
“Bo’s a handsome little guy. Well suited for formal occasions at the White House, he’s got tuxedo-black fur, with a white chest, white paws and a rakish white goatee,” the Post reported.
The black-and-white puppy is is scheduled to make his public debut Tuesday.
Obama’s daughters chose the name Bo because first lady Michelle Obama’s father was nicknamed Diddley, after singer Bo Diddley, the Post said.
White House aides told The Associated Press that the office of the first lady arranged an exlusive deal on the dog story with the Post. They said the dog was not in the White House as of Saturday evening.
Celebrity Web site TMZ.com also reported Saturday that the Obamas would get a black-and-white Portuguese Water Dog from the same lineage as Sen. Ted Kennedy’s pets. TMZ said the six-month-old pet was named Charlie. Instantly, FirstDogCharlie.com went online.
Obama promised his daughters, 10-year-old Malia and 7-year-old Sasha, a puppy during the campaign.
According to the Washington Post report — you can find a version of it here — the family met the dog a few weeks ago at a secret White House session:
“The visit, known around the White House as ‘The Meeting,’ was a surprise for the girls. Bo charmed the first family, a source who was there said. He sat when the girls sat, stood when the girls stood. He made no toilet errors and did not gnaw on the furniture. Bo has, after all, been receiving lessons in good behavior from the Kennedys’ dog trainers. These lessons have been taking place at a secret, undisclosed location outside Washington.
“When the president walked across the room during the visit, Bo followed obediently.”
Posted by John Woestendiek April 12th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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The pup, named Romeo, fell into the well — actually a narrow drainage pipe — during the weekend.
After three hours trying to rescue him, firefighters hooked up an industrial-strength vacuum, latched on to Romeo’s leg and hoisted him out, Pittsburgh television station WPXI reported. You can see a video here.
“It was a miracle,” said Assistant Fire Chief Jim Scuffle.
The pup wasn’t breathing when it came came out of the well, but firefighters performed mouth-to-snout resuscitation on the way to veterinarian and Romeo awakened and started to breath on its own.
The veterinarian gave the puppy a clean bill of health.
Posted by John Woestendiek December 31st, 2008 under Muttsblog.
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There’s a media firestorm rising out of vice-president-elect Joe Biden’s purchase of a German shepherd pup from a Pennsylvania breeder, but, as with many media firestorms, this one may be more smoke than fire.
At its center is this question: Did Joe Biden by his dog from a puppy mill?
Puppy mill is a subjective term. Some use it to describe large scale breeding operations where the welfare of dogs runs a distant second to making a profit. Some use it to describe any commercial breeding operation.
Linda Brown owner of the kennel in Chester County, Pa., insists that violations found after Biden purchased his dog — during a regularly scheduled inspection — mostly pertained to record-keeping, and she says they were the first she ever received.
That hasn’t stopped either over-zealous animal rights activists, or overworked journalists, from slapping the “puppy mill” label on Brown’s operation.
“Joe Biden hooks up with bad dog breeder,” read the headline in yesterday’s Baltimore Examiner — or at least in its online version. The story beneath the headline doesn’t substantiate that at all. Read more »
Posted by John Woestendiek December 19th, 2008 under Muttsblog.
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The heck with cabinet members. Even before President-elect Obama chooses who will help him run America, his family will probably be making its choice for “First Pup” — a decision that’s drawing plenty of attention, and mountains of unsolicited advice.
It started long before his election. When news broke that Obama had promised his children the family would get a dog once the campaign was over, the suggestions began pouring in.
Get a mutt, urged PETA. “There is something deeply wrong and elitist about wanting only a purebred dog,” the organization wrote in a letter urging Obama to adopt a homeless shelter dog.
Best Friends says more than 50,000 signed its online petitions urging the Obamas to adopt a rescue dog. “The Obama family’s decision to adopt will be a great example, and will result in many dogs and cats being saved from euthanasia across the country. This is exactly what we hoped for when we launched obamafamilydog.com.”
During the campaign, Michelle Obama pledged on Entertainment Tonight that the family would adopt a dog — not necessarily a mutt — from a shelter or rescue group.
Despite that, the American Kennel Club, which also held a poll on the Obama family dog, is urging the family to stick with a purebred.
Posted by John Woestendiek November 6th, 2008 under Muttsblog.
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Barack Obama — on top of all the other history he made last night — may have been the first president-elect to mention a dog in his election speech.
“I would not be standing here tonight without the unyielding support of my best friend for the last 16 years, the rock of our family and the love of my life, our nation’s next First Lady, Michelle Obama. Sasha and Malia, I love you both so much, and you have earned the new puppy that’s coming with us to the White House.”
A Discovery Channel blog says the “brief puppy mention may represent the first time that an animal has been referenced in a presidential victory speech. If not, use of the word ‘puppy’ would certainly seem to be a rarity.”
Acknowledging his family’s contributions to his campaign, Obama brought up the promise he’d made earlier to his daughters — to get a dog once the campaign was over — and indicated he planned to make good on it.
The family has said they plan to adopt a shelter or rescue dog.
Joe Biden may be adding a dog to the family as well.
He told reporters traveling with his campaign earlier that his wife had promised him a “big dog” if he got elected, according to Reuters. That promise was made in connection with his presidential campaign, but Biden said his wife later said it would apply to a vice-presidential victory as well.
Jill Biden had taped pictures of different dogs on the back of the seat in front of him on his campaign plane to inspire the candidate as he criss-crossed the country in the final sprint to election day.
Posted by John Woestendiek November 5th, 2008 under Muttsblog.
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