Obamas narrow dog search; plan to start ‘looking at shelters’

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Wema, adoptable at the Martin County Humane Society in Minnesota, may be a Portuguese water dog, but she’s all-American!

We’ve been reporting for months on the Obamas’ efforts to find a dog. Apparently, the family has gotten closer to selecting a breed. Here’s an excerpt from the President-elect’s interview on This Week with George Stephanopoulos:

STEPHANOPOULOS: What kind of a dog are we getting and when are we getting it?

OBAMA: The — they seem to have narrowed it down to a labradoodle or a Portuguese water hound.

STEPHANOPOULOS: A medium sized.

OBAMA: Medium sized dog, and so, we’re now going to start looking at shelters to see when
one of those dogs might come up.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So, you’re closing in on it?

OBAMA: We’re closing in on it. This has been tougher than finding a commerce secretary.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the Obamas adopt. And while I know I’ll get piled on by commenters who think the decision is none of my business, I still think the family would set a great example by making a shelter pet First Dog, and could save the lives of countless homeless pets as a result. (Besides, the President-elect has talked about it publicly and in detail, so I don’t think it’s an invasion of their privacy to have an opinion.)

UPDATE: Cast your vote … for the breed you think the Obamas should adopt! Check out AnimalPlanet.com’s Presidential Puppy poll.

Learn more about hypoallergenic dogs and living with pet allergies … and urge the Obamas to adopt.

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Max the labradoodle is available for adoption at Main Line Animal Rescue in Chester Springs, PA

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