First Dog’s breed and time of arrival identified!

February 26, 2009

(ChattahBox) — First lady Michelle Obama tells People that a rescued Portuguese water dog will likely join the White House in April after the first daughters, Sasha, 7, and Malia, 10, return from spring break. Obama’s choice will tickle Sen. Ted Kennedy, who owns two Portuguese water dogs. Mrs. Obama said the family was having naming issues. “Oh, the names are really bad. I don’t even want to mention it,” she said. Names include Frank and Moose, which don’t seem bad at all. The first lady said she was taken aback by the level of national attention The Dog Issue has garnered, but said it was “all great and gracious attention. People are just being as helpful as you can imagine.”

The news sparked cheers from lovers of the breed but also worries about whether the Obamas know what they’re getting themselves into with these dogs, known for their boundless energy and sometimes mischievous ways. The dogs were originally bred for their strong swimming skills by Portuguese fishermen, who would send them diving overboard for nets and buoys. They are notoriously hard to handle according to many.


4 Responses to “First Dog’s breed and time of arrival identified!”

  1. Jay on February 26th, 2009 11:04 am

    It’s cute for them to adopt that dog. But I would prefer it if they focused on things which requires more attention. Like the economy perhaps? That’s what needs rescuing, not the dogs.

  2. olivia on February 26th, 2009 12:50 pm

    Jay – Have you been ignoring all the press releases, conferences, talks, negotiations, planning, and work being done on the economy, then? I think they can spare a tiny bit of time to focus on normal human behaviors.

  3. Gretchen on February 26th, 2009 2:39 pm

    All parents are busy, but when the kids want a dog….

    Actually I like that they are adopting. I don’t trust people who don’t like dogs.

  4. Lynda Farren on February 26th, 2009 4:08 pm

    There are many things that need to be rescued. I am thrilled that they are helping a dog. What a wonderful gesture. They could have gone to a breeder but they wanted to help an animal. Good for them!!!

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