Take the “First Puppy” Poll!

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The "First Puppy" poll!

What pup should Obama’s girls choose for the White House!?  You must peeck!

Comments

  1. lurkingsmirk says:

    I did my civic duty!

  2. Bleep?

    Again I say – the Obama’s will not choose their dog. their dog will choose them!

    [Yes -- I do like how that works... - Ed.]

  3. WHITE HOUSE CATS! WHITE HOUSE CATS! WHITE HOUSE CATS!

    Sorry, got a little over enthusiastic there. :-)

  4. The said today that the kids want a Labradoole. So I guess rescue is not in the cards.

  5. oaklandcat says:

    I wanna vote for more than one option. A rescute dog and a kitteh…

  6. biscuithead says:

    @DKN

    What you said.
    The dog will choose.

    /rescue, not puppy mill

    [Well *duh*. And those aren't the only two options, y'know. - Ed.]

  7. Random Mixed Puppy! ^_^

    Although if I could have, I would hit “Other” for RABBITS. Imagine those in the lawn, eh? ^_^

  8. A mutt! Because the Obama family is not humble enough to serve a cat in the manner to which all cats are entitled.
    :3

    [*pshh*! Would you describe ME as "humble"? It's true our oldest cat dislikes our youngest cat, but aside than that, they're total lovebumbles. Which is to say, they're not exactly dissatisfied with the level of service rendered in this establishment. In fact, here's the troublesome youngster now -- hi Rikki! - Ed.]

  9. They could still get a labradoodle from a rescue! I vote for that :D

    I would also like to see the pit bull’s image softened by being the First Puppy.

  10. Stephanie C. says:

    Do you know how easy it would be to lose a cat in the white house?

    Talk about misappropriation of funds – 100 secret service agents looking under beds for Fluffy the Disappearing Kitteh.

  11. Definitely a cat, the White House needs a Chief Mouser (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chief_Mouser_to_the_Cabinet_Office )

  12. I voted mutt, but I love the expression on the terriers.

  13. The Obamas have already announced that they plan to adopt a shelter dog. I voted for labradoodle because one of the daughters is allergic.

  14. moonjunio says:

    This here says they are adopting a hypoallergenic GOLDENdoodle. :-O

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/4752013a26642.html

    Also, apparently Bush has TWO TERRIERS. Now who’s paling around?

  15. moonjunio says:

    Ah, scratch that, that’s just what Malia wants, not official :-)

  16. Yes We Can

    …get a rescue pup.

    But please get a kitteh too? None escapes the power of teh mew!

  17. It MUST be a rescue mutt named “Baroo Obama” >:/

  18. I say a shelter mutt, because the Obamas getting one would encourage the nation by example. The benefit to shelter animals would be amazing.

  19. berthaservant says:

    I’m for the Kittehs.

    But the mutt would be acceptable. Or the corgi. Or the chocolate lab.

    See, peeps…that’s why we have a two-party system! Too many choices bad for democracy!!!

  20. fish eye no miko says:

    I voted for mutt, but I was hoping dachshund was on there. From the pound, of course; but I think the pound occasionally have purebreds. if not, a dachsie-something-else (or a few something-elses) mix would be fine.

  21. victoreia says:

    rescue pup AND rescue kitteh!
    rescue pup AND rescue kitteh!

    How else to ensure the Prez-elect will de-stress? Romp w/ the First Pup, then the First Kitteh can purrrr him to sleep!

  22. I previously heard (here?) that he promised to get a rescue/shelter dog.

  23. I voted pit bull because at one time it was considered the American dog. The dog in the “Our Gang Comedies” was a Pit. It was at one time considered a children’s dog.

  24. I’m not nuffin’, I just feel bad for the pressure on the kids. I read that Chelsea Clinton always wanted a Golden retriever, but the advisors said it was an elitist breed. I always thought it was the all-American doggy.

    Just let ‘em get whatever shelter or purebred fluffball they want!

    (Personally, I would have a Presidential Potbellied Peeg)

  25. A tux cat.

  26. If not a rescue pup, then a corgi for sure, despite its elitist connotations (Queen Elizabeth).

    I agree that there’s no reason why they can’t get a kitten too. The Clintons had a cat.

  27. OUCH it was hard deciding between rescued goggie and kitteh! I was QUITE torn! Picked rescued of course, tho if they could rescue a goggie AND a kitteh, that would be MUCH bettah!!

  28. OH MY GOURD!!! I’m so torn! My first inclination is MUTT MUTT MUTT! But hot damn, corgis are just too cute… TOO CUTE!!!

  29. platedlizard says:

    There are plenty of purebreds in shelters and breed rescues. Some of them are even puppies too! So I’m sure the Obamas will find just the perfect puppy for their little girls at a shelter.

    And while they’re at it, maybe they’ll take a kitten to the White House too. Or a lizard XD

  30. I understand that this is an exciting question and maybe people are a little too hopped up on hope to concentrate, but it’s been said, several times, in comments to this post and the other First Puppy post earlier, that THE OBAMAS HAVE SAID THEY WILL DEFINITELY ADOPT A SHELTER DOG.
    Everyone can calm down about that!
    I think a labradoodle or other breed ending in oodle would be a good choice for energy, intelligence, amiability and not making the allergic kid too uncomfortable. I’m sure there’s a nice one in a shelter somewhere!

  31. I agree with those who said both a rescued doggy and a kitteh. I voted for kitteh, though. There haven’t been enough kitties in the White House!! http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/73/Socks_cat_1.JPG

    The White House could be like our Parliament Hill!! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parliamentary_cats

  32. If the Obama’s daughter is allergic to dogs they definitely need to check with an allergist before choosing a pet because it’s not always as simple as selecting a particular breed. In fact, at one time in my life I was deathly allergic to both cats and dogs, although I now have six cats without any reaction whatsoever because it’s possible to outgrow an allergy. However, I had always heard that certain breeds of dogs, like schnauzers and poodles for instance, were non-allergic, yet my neighbor’s lovely little poodle made me utterly miserable.

    Shaz, thanks for that link to the Parliament Hill cats. There had been a story on the cats and their elderly caretaker on Animal Planet and it was absolutely enchanting.

  33. Doesn’t matter what breed, as long as it has a lot of love and comfort to share,’cause those girls will not have their parents around everytime they need them.

  34. Floyd's Mom says:

    as long as the puppeh is a rescue puppeh, he or she will be the best puppeh for the first family!

  35. Floyd's Mom says:

    as long as the puppeh is a rescue puppeh, he or she will be the best puppeh for the first family!

  36. Floyd's Mom says:

    as long as the puppeh is a rescue puppeh, he or she will be the best puppeh for the first family!

  37. Floyd's Mom says:

    as long as the puppeh is a rescue puppeh, he or she will be the best puppeh for the first family!

  38. Floyd's Mom says:

    as long as the puppeh is a rescue puppeh, he or she will be the best puppeh for the first family!

  39. Floyd's Mom says:

    as long as the puppeh is a rescue puppeh, he or she will be the best puppeh for the first family!

  40. i love Chocolate Labs, i think they’re sooo adorable, & Obama would love their friendly-nesss :]

  41. That is Reeeeeeaallllly un-P.C guys…..

  42. http://www.dailypuppy.com/puppies/Chloe-&-Fancy-the-Adoptable-Puppies_2008-11-06
    Chloe and Fancy, the adoptable mixed breed puppy sisters!!!

  43. They will adopt a rescue dog. I hope they will choose a mutt, even if purebreeds are available.

    http://www.obamafamilydog.com/

  44. Isabelle, what you said is absolutely true. I wish I had your sensitivity!

  45. The choices are actually very limited. The reason they don’t have a dog already is that one of the girls is allergic to pet dander. So the First Puppy will be something with hair, not fur– a Schnauzer, a poodle, a Bichon Frise, etc. My guess is that it will be a rescue Schnauzer.

  46. Although I’d love to see a First Puttins in the White House, I loves puppehs too! Adopt a shelter pet…your new best friend is waiting!

  47. metsakins says:

    Rescute!

    Rescute!

    Rescute!

  48. I am so sad that PUGS were not on the list. This is an abomination!

  49. It would be wonderful if they rescued a dog from a local shelter…..

  50. You have a duplicate on your poll… “Mutt” and “labradoodle” amount to the same thing. It’s a mixed-breed dog.

  51. I would have said a beagle – very playful, great with energetic kids, and too freakin’ cute for words – but I didn’t know about the dander allergy.

    So my vote is Scoodle:

    http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/scoodle.htm

  52. I am always amazed at the number of purebred dogs and puppies that show up at the shelter where I am a dog walker. Just recently a family brought in a Goldendoodle that they had shipped across the country and paid $1600.00 for-after the first weekend with the poor little guy they decided they were not interested and dropped him off at the shelter. The good thing is he got a GREAT home-I’m sure the Obamas can find whatever they are looking for at their local shelter.

  53. The girls need one of each! Pronto! The White House is big enough.

  54. Okay, but that wawa bebeh in pink sweateuw is redonkulously prosh.

  55. SjandKids says:

    Write-in vote for rescued Greyhounds!

  56. I’m really proud of us, that the rescued mutt is winning by a landslide :D

  57. OMG, MEG IS ON NPR!!!!
    SHE’s ON “THE TAKEAWAY”!!

  58. Heck, it’s a big house and they’ll have plenty of staff. I say three rescue doggies and five rescue kitties! And maybe a bun and a hammie or two… and of course guinea peegs!!!

    Oh wait – maybe that’s what I want, not what they want…

  59. Talonväki says:

    I think he should get two kittehs, one for each daughter. Two cats are more fun than one anyway.

  60. I voted Cat, well because I am a cat_mom…but really is there any question… pound puppy all the way.

  61. Marymomma says:

    Pound Puppies rule. :)

  62. You didn’t list it, but I vote for a Pug.

  63. smartyboots says:

    We have a “Rescue Boxer” write-in here from Boxers For Obama, Silicon Valley Chapter.

  64. Dexter Fishmore says:

    Wait… that election thing was this week? Why didn’t anybody say something?!?

  65. Troost&Frankie's Mom says:

    Rescued pets are always the best. One of my kitties was a stray and the other was a Humane Society adoption. They’ll always love you even more if you rescued them and gave them a forever home. My kitties are grateful and my place is no White House.

    Hmm…rescued doggie goes from animal shelter to the White House…sounds like an excellent children’s book!

  66. Troost&Frankie's Mom says:

    Rescued pets are always the best. One of my kitties was a stray and the other was a Humane Society adoption. They’ll always love you even more if you rescued them and gave them a forever home. My kitties are grateful and my place is no White House.

    Hmm…rescued doggie goes from animal shelter to the White House…sounds like an excellent children’s book!

  67. Troost&Frankie's Mom says:

    Rescued pets are always the best. One of my kitties was a stray and the other was a Humane Society adoption. They’ll always love you even more if you rescued them and gave them a forever home. My kitties are grateful and my place is no White House.

    Hmm…rescued doggie goes from animal shelter to the White House…sounds like an excellent children’s book!

  68. Troost&Frankie's Mom says:

    Rescued pets are always the best. One of my kitties was a stray and the other was a Humane Society adoption. They’ll always love you even more if you rescued them and gave them a forever home. My kitties are grateful and my place is no White House.

    Hmm…rescued doggie goes from animal shelter to the White House…sounds like an excellent children’s book!

  69. Troost&Frankie's Mom says:

    Rescued pets are always the best. One of my kitties was a stray and the other was a Humane Society adoption. They’ll always love you even more if you rescued them and gave them a forever home. My kitties are grateful and my place is no White House.

    Hmm…rescued doggie goes from animal shelter to the White House…sounds like an excellent children’s book!

  70. Troost&Frankie's Mom says:

    Rescued pets are always the best. One of my kitties was a stray and the other was a Humane Society adoption. They’ll always love you even more if you rescued them and gave them a forever home. My kitties are grateful and my place is no White House.

    Hmm…rescued doggie goes from animal shelter to the White House…sounds like an excellent children’s book!

  71. Mutttttt!!! says:

    mut mut mut mut

  72. Well, if it HAS to be a puppy, then I’m all for a rescue mutt. BUT, in my opnion, *change* would really come to the White House if they brought a BUNNY to live with them instead. Maybe a cute little netherland dwarf…

  73. I voted for the kitteh, and think it should be a marmie (orange would go so well with the White House).

    However, I now have visions of multiple disapproving buns on the White House lawn.

  74. The AKC poll already said poodle. I like that this one includes a mutt but any of those other breeds could be a rescue as well. From one of the many breed rescue groups that abound. I hope that’s the route they take and are vocal about it.

    http://www.akc.org/poll/special/presidential.cfm

  75. Thank goodness it will be a rescued dog!
    I’m from Hawaii, as is Obama, and cute mixed breed dogs there are called “Poi Pups”. So, I vote: Rescued Poi Pup!

  76. YAY. Rescued mutt is winning.

  77. Ok, things are getting relly redonkulus now. I just saw “The View” – and Whoopi Goldberg just read a letter from her CAT, Oliver, to president elect Obama – on why he should consider a cat instead of a dog…
    Look for a clip people! The best part is when Oliver says what if he’s on the phone with President Ahmed Dinner Jacket and has to say, excuse me, I have to get a pooper scooper…

  78. A rescued PUG!!!

  79. Check out presidential pets at this link:

    http://www.presidentialpetmuseum.com/whitehousepets-4.htm

    Lots of info about different pets at the White House. Bush is listed as having or had Miss Beazley, a Scottish Terrier, Spot, a dog, Barney, another Scottish Terrier, India, a cat, and Ofelia, a Longhorn.

    Kennedy had a variety: dogs, a cat, a canary, parakeets, ponies, hamsters, a rabbit and a horse.

    The site states that “Calvin and Grace Goolidge litterally had a zoo at the White House.”

    Teddy Roosevelt had quite a few, too.

    So…check it out.

  80. Ugh no labradoodles please? They are NOT a breed. I have no idea why that bugs me so much, I really don’t.

    Of course it was diff to pass up choc lab and the beautiful pitt (which def needs a new PR) But it is also true that whatever is adopted at the white house becomes very popular and pitts need very good owners. But their choice has to be a mutt and I am glad to see that is the way they are going! I can’t wait to see it.

  81. Rescue Beagle– BAROOOOO!!!

  82. @ Dexter………..HAHAAA! Didn’t you get the memo, dear?

  83. @ Shannon – I once helped get a labradoodle adopted. She was a really cool dog. A local adoption group was having a big adopt-a-thon one weekend and we were all outside. On a table was a box of doughnuts and this dog found it, got her nose in it, and snatched one up. After we quit laughing when we saw her walking around with a whole doughnut in her mouth, I took hold of it, said NO, and she actually opened her mouth and let go of it. And it was a JELLY doughnut, people – now that’s a good dog.

  84. This was a MUCH harder choice than the actual election…

  85. I wanted to vote for the mutt, but I had to go with the terrier, because a terrier truly could keep up with those two little girls. Also, how much fun would it be to talk about “terrier-ists” in the White House! :-D A terrier rescue dog would be PERFECT. Two even better!

  86. Well, Massachusetts just voted to ban greyhound racing, so there’ll probably be a few thousand of those available soon…

  87. You can also choose the name at http://www.nameobamaspuppy.com.

  88. And while I wanted to vote for the kitties, because I absolutely adore kitties above everything, I had to go for the chocolate lab. Preferably a rescue one. LOOK AT THAT FACE!!!

  89. Totally a rescue!!! It would be a shame if they didn’t rescue a dog.
    It doesn’t even have to be a mutt. There are plenty of organizations that rescue pure breed dogs from abusive homes, or homes that can’t take care of them for some reason, or puppy mills.

    I really REALLY hope they don’t decide to get some pure bred dog from a breeder.
    Nothing against breeders or anything though… I just think they’d be setting a great example if they rescued.

  90. Boomer's Babysitter says:

    I think pit bulls are gorgeous, so of these, it gets my vote (rescued, naturally), but due to allergy, I recommend Bichon Frise (that’s what Boomer is, so I am biased), though the likelihood of finding one from a rescue is rather slim. :( I shudder to think what George’s daughter paid for Boomer!! We do know it wasn’t a puppy mill, though!

  91. Boomer's Babysitter says:

    I think pit bulls are gorgeous, so of these, it gets my vote (rescued, naturally), but due to allergy, I recommend Bichon Frise (that’s what Boomer is, so I am biased), though the likelihood of finding one from a rescue is rather slim. :( I shudder to think what George’s daughter paid for Boomer!! We do know it wasn’t a puppy mill, though!

  92. Boomer's Babysitter says:

    I think pit bulls are gorgeous, so of these, it gets my vote (rescued, naturally), but due to allergy, I recommend Bichon Frise (that’s what Boomer is, so I am biased), though the likelihood of finding one from a rescue is rather slim. :( I shudder to think what George’s daughter paid for Boomer!! We do know it wasn’t a puppy mill, though!

  93. Boomer's Babysitter says:

    I think pit bulls are gorgeous, so of these, it gets my vote (rescued, naturally), but due to allergy, I recommend Bichon Frise (that’s what Boomer is, so I am biased), though the likelihood of finding one from a rescue is rather slim. :( I shudder to think what George’s daughter paid for Boomer!! We do know it wasn’t a puppy mill, though!

  94. Boomer's Babysitter says:

    I think pit bulls are gorgeous, so of these, it gets my vote (rescued, naturally), but due to allergy, I recommend Bichon Frise (that’s what Boomer is, so I am biased), though the likelihood of finding one from a rescue is rather slim. :( I shudder to think what George’s daughter paid for Boomer!! We do know it wasn’t a puppy mill, though!

  95. Boomer's Babysitter says:

    I think pit bulls are gorgeous, so of these, it gets my vote (rescued, naturally), but due to allergy, I recommend Bichon Frise (that’s what Boomer is, so I am biased), though the likelihood of finding one from a rescue is rather slim. :( I shudder to think what George’s daughter paid for Boomer!! We do know it wasn’t a puppy mill, though!

  96. I still think they should call him ‘Four Score’ but really all this public opinion its the kids reward for putting up with all this rubbish they should let them have what they want :)

  97. arachnophile says:

    Happily, they have said they are going to adopt so hontestly I don’t care what breed. It’s just nice that another family will be complete with a pup that really needs a home.

  98. Insidious Twinkle says:

    Can I combine two options and write in a rescued pit bull?

  99. I SO hope they rescue a pup…mixed breed or not, rescues are the way to go. Although I have a soft spot in my heart for mutts, the best (and sometimes wackiest) traits from their different breeds win out and make mutts such cool creatures.

  100. Write-in vote for a Westie.

  101. firepikachu says:

    Everyone remember Socks from Clinton’s terms? Yeah for White House Kittehs!!!

  102. WickedWendy says:

    I’m feeling so left out! I don’t think my page is loading all the way…..WAAAAAA!!!! I would vote Rescue dog. And Pits are the most loving dogs I’ve ever met! Gonna have me one, one of these days *sigh*. Go Kitties!!! Me’z luvz kitties the most!

  103. @ Isabelle: Michelle Obama actually gave an interview saying that the girls and their transition to the White House were her top priority, and she’s making a point of having lots of family time. She’s also trying to convince their grandmother come live with them. Considering how close the family is, I don’t think the girls are going to miss out on a whole lot.

    That said, I’m thrilled that they’re going to get a shelter dog. I also think labradoodles are AWESOME dogs all around- we’re getting one this winter and we’ve joked about the possibility of naming him “Barack”.

  104. I want a write-in on this. I think they should get a Puli. I’m not a dog person but that is the only dog I’d ever own.

  105. Mary (the first) says:

    @Patty, I agree, the two black and white doglets from “the daily puppy”! They are up for adoption!

  106. I want the say the chocolate lab.

  107. I think they should go with a rescue choodle (chihuahua-poodle) mix. We rescued ours from New Mexico. It satisfies the hypoallergenic requirements, the mutt requirements AND caters to chihuahua lovers, while still being a “designer dog” status symbol. Also easy to tuck under the arm when running across the White House lawn toward the helicopter. And it’s just fun to say “Choodle.”

  108. The American Pit Bull terrier or an American Staffordshire Terrier? Once the National Dog of the US. C’mon! Nothing more patriotic than that!!

    And the shelters are LOADED with them! If he rescues their dog, that’s a guaranteed re-election!

  109. Dogs are ill-suited to positions of political power, and have frequently been linked to megalomaniac personalities (lest we forget, Hitler had two alsations). Cats are far better in authority – after all, the universe has revolved around them for years and they are more comfortable assuming the mantle of power. Generally kind, just, and thoughtful, but with the ability to act decisively when the occassion demands. Just the qualities that a president needs.

  110. I’m for a shelter puppy and kitteh! (maybe a bun, too?) As long it’s an animal from any shelters and whatever, I will be happy!! :D :D

    Uniting all animals together in the White House! lol! Woo!

  111. hear hear Katie. The kids should get what is best for them and it would suck if this turns into a stink. Those girls have earned the right to pick the pooch of their dreams!

  112. A mutt or mixed-breed from a shelter! Bonus points for a pit bull mix! I can imagine Obama make inroads regarding breed stigmatization of shelter animals (which tend to be mixed breeds), just like he opened up the conversation on race.

  113. LOL At Tony James.

    My Kitties are for a cat in the white house and if you want to read Little Ones Campaign announcement
    It is here

    http://kittyadventures.vox.com/library/post/cats-for-white-house-pet.html

  114. warrior rabbit says:

    Does no one read? It WILL be a rescued dog, and one of the girls has ALLERGIES. So all these votes for pits and pugs, etc. are moot.

    I had no idea there were choodles or scoodles.

    I saw Whoopi read her cat’s letter. Her cat is odd-looking but cute.

    MSNBC just had a “‘First Puppy’ Watch,’ mentioning that Malia would like a goldendoodle. They also listed some possible names — Abrahound Lincoln and Bark Obama were two (do the reporters read this blog?).

    I know everyone’s having fun with this, but I hope it doesn’t become an issue. The girls should get whatever they want, it’s *their* dog. They will choose, and we will be happy that a dog, any dog, was given a good home. Right? Right.

  115. Yitzysmommie says:

    I hope that Sasha and Malia get the puppy that makes them both SQUEEEEEE and not sneeze.
    And as a devoted shelter cat Mom, I hope they get a surprise kitten….each! one marmie and one tuxie.

  116. megusmaximus says:

    Hey! That’s my radio station! As in, I work for WNYC Radio. Am I still allowed to vote in this poll :)?

  117. I still say corgi! But I guess more people prefer the mutt. :) Maybe a mutt with some corgi in it?

  118. warrior rabbit says:

    Also in the news — Barney bit a reporter!

  119. They should get a kitten. Cats rule, dogs drool!

  120. I hear that one of the girls is allergic, so it would have to be a dog that doesn’t shed a lot I guess. :)

  121. I still think they should have a kitty.

  122. Okay so as I was arriving at work this morning I saw a corgie Irish setter mix.. Yup it was shapped like a corgi and colored like a red Irish setter.

    And let me just say muttdorable!

  123. I suggest the First Family do a lot of research in order to educate themselves on the best choice for their family. And, should they ask for my opinion, rescue pets are always the best options. Don’t support puppy mills President Obama!

  124. They should get house rabbits.A nice bonded pair of Rexes or minirexes.
    Soft.
    Velvety.
    Disapproving.

  125. I heard that mutts are registered as “All Americans” in things like agility competitions. Just one more reason one should be installed in the White House without delay!

  126. Corgis are cute, but a rescued dog would be better.

    And the Queen of England can just give him a corgi. ;)

  127. dachamation

    wiener dog w/ spots

  128. A rescued corgi. Actually two, so the girls won’t have to fight over just one.

  129. Two things:

    1) A bulldog!

    2) No matter what, name it “Maverick”.

  130. re: Zach – YES! Mavie! or Rickie! So fabulous right now.

    Also, I veto cats. I want to see frisbee action going on outside :D

  131. bonus points for a pit mix from the shelter…but really…so long as its a shelter dog of some form I am A OKAY with it.

  132. A sheltie! Snugglelicious

  133. I vote Labradoodle, since the older daughter has asthma

  134. Greyhounds!!!

  135. Power to the mutts! It’s up to our Prez to set a good example and NOT buy into the “designer” crossbreed fad that is paying the bills in so many puppy mills!

  136. I’m voting for a rescued bully breed of some kind.

  137. They need a non-shedding breed due to allergies. It will also need to be portable enough for Air Force One and hotels. I vote SCHNOODLE!!! Might be able to find a rescue too ;)

  138. Gail (the first one) says:

    I voted for a Mutt, but there should be kittehs, too!!! And I agree with the BunBun suggestion….a little disapproval will keep everyone humble—LOL!!

  139. A resued puppeh! Lots of them out there that need a home. :D

  140. Wait wait – how about a RESCUED WELSH CORGI? Eh, eh?
    I just love those things. I would get one, but I’m too much of kitteh folk.

  141. To the person who said Westie: that falls under terrier! Westie is short for West Highland White Terrier. However, westies, being bred to be white for so long, have a lot of skin and ear and vision issues, so I say cairn terrier – they are practically identical except the color and better health. (And my parents have one and it’s FREAKING ADORABLE!!!!!!!)

    And YAYYYYYYY for it being a rescue whatever-breed!

  142. ahem, and where is the Chow Chow option??

  143. I picked labradoodle because of the family allergies, but shelters should have any number of mixed Doodles or Malti’s.

  144. AuntieMame says:

    Good for Barney. I know a few reporters that would benefit from a good, solid nip, too.

  145. Carlie M. says:

    Here is a preview of past “First Dogs” Someone had a dog and a pygmy hippo.
    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=96710088

  146. I couldn’t decide. They are all toooooo cuuuuuuuuute.

    I want them all. ‘Bama can have none.

  147. A RESCUE CHOCOLATE LAB. (baby)

    You know they are out there!

  148. Rescued mutts, whether canine or feline, are always the best bet. Diverse bloodlines means more personality, and usually better overall health, at least in my experience.

  149. I’m so glad most people are voting for a shelter mutt! It makes me sick when people buy a dog from a puppy mill instead of adopting a needy dog.

  150. Per press conference – go shelter dog!

  151. warrior rabbit says:

    LOL, Sonia — you’re speedy! Yes, they must reconcile the asthma and the shelter mutt. The most pressing issue in the Obama household! I bet it is, too.

    I’m sure it won’t be difficult to find one that fits both criteria. All the shelters will probably call with their inventory of hypoallergenic puppies.

  152. I have to admit, I’m amazed that (at least in this point), the #2 puppy is… a kitteh.

  153. From the SF Chronicle: “His family is looking for a dog that will not trigger his daughter Malia’s allergies. Ideally, he said it would come from an animal rescue shelter, but ‘obviously, a lot of shelter dogs are mutts like me.'”

  154. If the Obama’s chose a rescue dog, it would send an important message to all Americans. It would save thousands of dog lives. It would save the country costs in dealing with over-filled kennels.

    How can we show our support for a rescue dog more publicly?

    Anyone?

  155. Obama has already said that a shelter dog is likely out of the question, due to the bad allergies one of his children have. They will have to get a hypoallergenic dog, and most shelter dogs are mixed breeds/mutts, and NOT hypoallergenic.

  156. I work with dogs, and myself and all my coworkers, past and present, have a really low opinion of labradoodles, goldendoodles, etc.

    It’s not the fault of the dogs!!! And I really hope some ‘doodle owners will respond and tell me how great their dogs are, BUT…

    The couple dozen I’ve met are very nervous, extremely active, and very hard to keep clean–our groomers dread them because they always seem to come in filthy and matted, and they have a hard coat to take care of–hard to wash, dry and shape.

    Again–I think a lot of it is PEOPLE who get a high-energy, high-maintenance dog because they have been told it is the “perfect” breed and then do not take the time to give it the large amounts of exercise, obedience training, and brushing/grooming it needs.

    Just… ya know–I’m positive there are some sweet, well behaved labradoodles out there, but folks need to realize they are not an easy, low-fuss dog!

    Breeders of these dogs need to explain to potential owners what is best for these dogs, a high energy, devoted household with loads of time and drive to train and exercise them. And money–if you want that long fluffy cuteness, you need to bathe twice a week, haircut every four weeks and BRUSH ALL OVER EVERY DAY! Otherwise your baby will be a matted, itchy, unhappy puppy and we will have to shave him when you do finally bring him in! :p

    Please please please Doodle owners respond and tell me how great your dogs are–maybe people in my area just don’t take care of them right! Restore my faith!

  157. THE LITTLE RED HEADED KITTY.
    HEY I HAVE A LITTLE RED HEADED STEPCHILD TOO.(THE KITTUMS)

  158. They SOOOO need a good ol’ mutt!

  159. Diane in LA says:

    Hypoallergenic should trump both mutt and rescue origin, because otherwise its a setup for heartbreak for the kids.

    Ideally, a nice mutt from a shelter, who happens to not make the allergic one sniffle too much.

  160. Mexican Hairless, since his daughter has allergys

  161. I have dog allergies and I haven’t reacted less to the so called “hypoallergenic” breeds like poodles and so on. I think the hypoallergenic claims are actually just marketing. People react to the dander (skin flakes) and saliva of dogs, not to the fur, so as long as the dog has skin and drool it will cause allergies in allergic individuals.

    I voted for the American pit bull terrier! They’re an all American dog and are great with kids, and there are many in shelters around the country.

  162. Deep Crow says:

    As much as I love teh kittehs, the only hypoallergenic cats out there cost a whole lotta munneh.

    There are a lot of rescue groups that rescue certain breeds from shelters, so they can still get a dog in need of a home, instead of heading to a breeder.

    I love the big fluffy snowdogs, and Samoyeds tend to be a nice breed for allergy sufferers. They’re also super snuggly and great with kidlets!
    And they will brave the winters just fine. If they find a Samoyed breed rescue, that could work out well.

    My bro is allergic to most furry critters, and has no issues at all with his roommate’s Schnoodle. A cross of a Schnauzer and Poodle! Not too big, not high maintenance, and pretty darn cute. Might not be too hard to find either, since they’re not a purebred.

    Privately, I would love if they could find the perfect bully breed pup and bring her home! Bullys are fantastic with kids, the archetypal family dog. Won’t need a lot of grooming, just lotsa love.

    Best of luck with the puppy search, First Family!

  163. Except none of the animals on this list are hypoallergenic. They need to get a wolfenspitz, or any member of the spitz breed. Besides, as a breed they are so cute! Totally cute overload.

  164. spongebrooke says:

    A rescue dog should not be out of the question due to allergies!

    My neighbors son had horrendous allergies and they got a Shih-Tzu and he had absolutely no problems. Last time I checked, there are plenty of Shih-Tzus in shelters.

    Here’s 2 rescues right here that get in purebreds, fad breeds, oodles, doodles and all sorts of other cute:

    http://search.petfinder.com/shelterSearch/shelterSearch.cgi?shelterid=IN390&preview=1

    http://search.petfinder.com/shelterSearch/shelterSearch.cgi?shelterid=MO449

    If they decide on a breed, they can most certainly find it at a shelter or a breed rescue.

  165. To whoever said you find mostly mutts at shelters: Nonsense! I walk dogs for our local Humane Society, and there are MANY purebred dogs there. Lots of mixed breeds too, but I have seen everything: chihuahuas, dalmatians, German shepherds, beagles, pit bulls, dachsunds, even a Saint Bernard last week. I have seen goldendoodles several times.

  166. warrior rabbit says:

    I was watching Rachel Maddow the other day (was it Thursday?), and Lawrence O’Donnell said he overheard Michelle Obama (backstage at Grant Park) talk about a possible 2-dog strategy. But he heard nothing more than that, and so that doesn’t really do much except generate more speculation.

    Hmm.

    [Yes yes! They could romp! They could frolic! They could collaborate in committee! - Ed.]

  167. PIT BULL – isn’t that the obvious choice

  168. “There are plenty of purebreds in shelters and breed rescues. Some of them are even puppies too! So I’m sure the Obamas will find just the perfect puppy for their little girls at a shelter.”

    “I’m sure it won’t be difficult to find one that fits both criteria. All the shelters will probably call with their inventory of hypoallergenic puppies.”

    Yeah! :D

    “So the First Puppy will be something with hair, not fur– a Schnauzer, a poodle, a Bichon Frise, etc.”

    As for mixed-breed and no-breed* dogs, what about a mixed-breed dog like a goldendoodle, or a no-breed dog that has the same less-allergenic traits as the ones that got bred into poodles and bichon frises? Even if there isn’t one at their local shelter, there’s petfinder.com and shelters that network with each other.

    * this is cool:

    http://www.yourpurebredpuppy.com/tutorial2.html

    “ONE-MINUTE HISTORY LESSON
    “It isn’t as though the first dogs started out as fancy purebreds and everything that isn’t pure is some degenerate form of these purebreds.

    “On the contrary. The first dogs were what we might call original village dogs. They roamed the edges of early villages and reproduced randomly. The purebreds that came along much later (mostly in the 1800s) were developed from these village dogs.

    “But the original dogs have gone right along reproducing themselves, as well, and we still see the results of their random breedings today.

    “So unless you know FOR SURE that a puppy had purebred parents, trying to guess ‘what breeds are in him’ may be a waste of time. Because the truth may be, ‘No breeds at all. He comes from a long line of original village dogs.’…

    “…Even if you THINK you see some recognizable breed in a non-purebred dog…

    “You may be mistaken.

    “Example: You’re looking at a dog with black and tan markings. Does that mean he has Rottweiler in his heritage? Or Doberman? Is he part German Shepherd?

    “Maybe not. There are only so many ways that canine parts CAN look — and these ‘looks’ can occur in any dog. A dog doesn’t have to ‘get’ his black and tan markings, or prick ears, or curled tail from some purebred. A non-purebred is entitled to the same basic canine genes and canine characteristics as a purebred is…”

  169. Sad there’s no ferret options, but I guess they’re just too sneaky a critter for such a sensitive place in government. “Honey, have you seen my missile launch codes?”

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