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ITL Poll: What kind of puppy should Obama get?

Posted at 11:07 AM on November 6, 2008 by Jeff Horwich (12 Comments)

The only bit of levity in Barack Obama's otherwise super-serious acceptance speech was when he said his daughters had earned a new puppy to take to the White House. What kind of puppy should they get?

Either way, the new puppy's name should be "Bark Obama" (that's Sanden's joke -- nice).

Got another suggestion? Comment away!

Comments (12)

Sorry 'bout the formatting if it seems messed up -- PollDaddy not cooperating. (Custom Poll Styles on PollDaddy: Great idea, terrible execution.)

Posted by Jeff Horwich | November 6, 2008 11:22 AM

Maybe instead of a Media Hound, a FOX Hound would be more appropriate.

Posted by regularg0nz0 | November 6, 2008 11:49 AM

I saw a suggestion that they get half a dozen pitbulls & allow them to roam free in the press room...

Posted by bsimon | November 6, 2008 1:12 PM

I recommend a Tibetan Terrier for Malia and Sasha. I have raised, shown and bred Tibetans for 12 years. I have finished 3 champions, one of which is the mother of my current litter ( TT's are affectionate and playful, have hair rather than fur and don't exceed 30 pounds in weight. They are originally from Tibet and come in a full range of colors although black and white is the most dominant. My Simone would be perfect for the younger Obamas (and the parents as well).

Posted by Liz Harris | November 7, 2008 7:40 AM

A shelter dog would be the best bet. Purebreds have more health problems, and their temperaments can be problematic, as shown by the fact that "Barney" Bush took a bite out of a reporter's finger recently.

Posted by Bob | November 7, 2008 10:07 AM


Good call! Done.

Posted by Jeff Horwich | November 7, 2008 10:48 AM

A Portuguese Water Dog is highly non allergic and is a wonderful family pet. High energy and very loving and an intelligent dog. Ask Ted Kennedy.

Posted by Anonymous | November 7, 2008 2:35 PM

I think that the next First Dog should be a retired racing greyhound. Much to the disbelief of most, retired racers are very very mellow, do not require much training, are already housebroken, very little health problems, get a long very well with children, are great for kids with allergies and are sweet, intelligent and loving.

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Posted by Christine Sanguinet | November 7, 2008 3:37 PM

With allergys i would vote for a Bichon Frise.
they donot bite, and are very smart!

Posted by judy | November 7, 2008 6:22 PM

I think a Boxer would be great. They are loving, GREAT with kids and REALLY protective of them. There are a lot of Boxers in shelters. Untrained, they can take over and be REALLY crazy. I think he would be resting better at night with a Boxer chillin' at his kids sleeping feet. They are wonderful, but DO NOT mess with their "Puppies". The press would definatly keep their distance from the kids.

Posted by Jennifer | November 7, 2008 7:35 PM

we have 2 pomerainians and my daughter has allergies to dogs also, not real bad but enough to consider what we should have. they are wonderful dogs. VERY inteligent, lovable,get along with our other pets which include a cat,rabbit and 4 birds. their fur isn't really like fur it is hair like which makes them goodfor people with allergies. i know others who have chosen the breed for the same reasons. our oldest one is now 13 her name is sassy and im afaid we just found out she has heart problems and we probably wll be loosing her within 6 months the vet says, she has been the best companion ever!!!! i cry every day thinking our time is limited. i am handicapped and she is just so intunedto how i am feeling everyday. i have severe JRA and if my knee hurts she will come and lick my knee or if its my hands she will lick my hands. its amazing. our 2nd pom isalso very attentive and smart. we took her in because she was abused. she isabout 6 and we have had her for about 4 yrs now. it took awhile to get her to trust us and others and no matter how affraid she was at first she NEVER offered a bite or even a growl the people that had her i saw them with my own eyes pull her tail and make her cry and she never offered to bite them. i knew i had to bring her home with me. she now loves everyone and is very loved in return. she sleeps every night with me cuddled up to my legs like a little hot water bottle haha. her name is hunnybun. sassy is about 18 lbs, long haired and hunnybun is 10 lbs, smooth cote she looks like a little baby fox. they do shed some but the good thing is that it comes off in clumps so its easy to pick up (i call them fuzzy balls) but they both love to be brushed so that helps alot. well i hope yu will consider the pomeanian. they are wonderful friends!!! Pam from NH

Posted by pam | November 12, 2008 1:19 PM

I think they should get and African Basinji, they're cute, short haired, medium size, barkless and odorless. Gold and white or black and white, would have had one myself if they were'nt so expensive and hrad to find. For someone with alergies they fit the bill.


Posted by Linda | November 21, 2008 6:51 PM

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