What Breed of Dog Should Obama Get?
First, I am thrilled to be part of history in the making. I worked the polls as an attorney and voted for Barack Obama, the next president of the United States. Last night was emotional and I feel like the country is on a new path. Now the big question: What type of dog should the Obama family get? One of my favorite things to do is to help friends and families pick out a breed of dog. I enjoy reading about the breeds, figuring out the traits that would fit the person, family, and household and coming up with a list of dogs suitable for person. As you probably know, I am a fan of sighthounds, specifically Irish Wolfhounds. However, I do not think the next First Family should adopt one for numerous reasons including that I don't want the breed to become too popular, become overbred, and lead to numerous giant breeds filling up the shelters. But I have to say the same for any other breed. I imagine when the President, particularly a popular president, adopts a dog, many follow suit and want the exact same dog. And what happens? Dogs are adopted and then the well-intentioned adopters realize a lab does not work in a city apartment and the lab must go.
My solution is for the Obama Family to adopt a mixed-breed puppy from a shelter. This is beneficial for numerous reasons. First, it tells the public that adopting from a shelter is the right thing to do. The adoption can tie in with the message that there are too many unwanted animals and the best thing to help the situation is to adopt from a shelter. And think about the photo opportunities: President Obama (how I love saying that), the First Lady, and their two adorable daughters in a shelter looking at puppies and young dogs. It would send an amazing message. Second, adopting a mixed breed dog from a shelter would possibly prevent one particular breed from becoming overly popular.
So what type of mix should they bring to the White House? I think they should look for a medium to large sized dog. They should work with the shelter workers and volunteers to find a active but submissive dog. Honestly, I do not think the mix matters too much although if they found an Irish Wolfhound mix, that would be pretty awesome. Hey, I'm biased.
Hopefully, the family will find a suitable match and will take my advice because what better person is there to send the message about homeless animals than a popular newly elected President.