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Picking The White House Pooch – The Most Important Washington Post (to Sasha and Malia Obama)

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Of all the concerns about the upcoming administration, what are the news outlets talking about… even FOX?

What kind of puppy will the president-elect get for his daughters.

So… what kind of dog to get for the new First Family in the White House? It just sounds so… Paris Hilton. Kind of trivial in light of all the other pressing issues of the day.

But, as I thought about it, I actually got sort of interested in trying to figure out what a good match would be, so let’s take a stab at it.

A few of the top choices I think would be totally appropriate for an Obama White House would be:

1. An Australian Shepard. These are really smart dogs. They are super good with kids, and because of their natural herding abilities make GREAT community organizers.

2. An Ayers-dale Terrier. They like kids, but in a more supervisory, training role. Tend to be a little aggressive when things don’t go their way, but settle down to a more level demeanor in old age. Like to act innocent when you leave the room and return only to find that “someone” has just eaten your steak, and there they sit right where you left them, looking at you like they’re saying, “What? I’m just sitting here doing nothing!” (Distantly related to the less aggressive pick #5)

3. A Pit Bull. A very smart dog that gets a bad rap because of their perceived aggressive personalities. Pick this one out carefully, because they can smell your weakness and do not adapt well to radical change. Comes with a free tube of lipstick until Jan. 21st.

4. An O-Dingo. This dog is not an officially recognized breed, and is in an experimental stage, but Obama is actually actively campaigning for one of these. They can be a bit flighty and if there’s lots of people around it’s hard to tell who’s side they’re on. They tend to howl a lot at imaginary threats.

5. A Golden Redistributer. A new strain of Golden retriever that will chase an object that’s thrown for it, but once in the dog’s possession, they won’t bring the object back to you. They WILL take the object to a perfect stranger, so don’t throw anything of real value if you want it back.

6. A mixed breed dog. I hear a mix between a Bulldog and a Shih Tsu makes a nice companion when speaking to the press on the White House lawn. Just make sure you watch your step. Only drawback – they are so shaggy and keep such a low profile they don’t look like they even have a leg to stand on.

7. The Bloodhound. A canine super sleuth, this breed has an affinity for certain people’s paperwork and loves to dig in files. Caution – Does not like plumbers, so they need to be kenneled when the toilet gets clogged. Which should be often considering where he’ll be living.

Well, that’s about all I can think of for now. If you have any bright ideas, feel free to leave a comment with your suggestion.

(Okay, let’s be serious now. Every single time a president gets a dog, there is a huge surge in the public interest in that breed of dog, and ends up inevitably filling animal shelters from coast to coast. I’m going to highly recommend a mutt. They have less health issues than many pure breeds, and there are plenty of them to go around without making the puppy mill owners richer. So if Obama were to get an All-American mutt, it would be a smart choice.)


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November 7, 2008 at 12:57 am

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