Obama's Puppy Pledge

 |  Nov 6th 2008  |   33 Contributions


Got puppy? The election is over, and thankfully so are all the commercials, and we have our President- Elect Barack Obama.

Now the question is will he keep his pledge to his girls to get a puppy, and if so, what kind?

As the whole world heard last night during his victory speech in Grant Park, Mr. Obama declared that his girls had "earned the new puppy that's coming with us to the White House."

But as with most campaign promises, fulfilling this one may not be as simple as it sounds.

In July I posted Your Vote Can Make A Difference and the controversy began, should the dog come from a shelter or a breeder. The American Kennel Club quickly identified a list of five possible "pure" breeds that the Obama's could buy from a pet store or breeder.

Best Friends' Animal Society has a different thought..."With millions of homeless pets still being killed in shelters every year, they're proposing that the Obama's NOT buy a dog - instead, that they adopt their next dog from a shelter or rescue group."

On Sept. 30, during an interview with Entertainment Tonight, the Obama's gave a few more details.

"We're going to adopt a dog, I think," said Mrs. Obama.

Mr. Obama then put in: "A rescue dog."

The news sped around the dog portion of the blogosphere. Many readers were thrilled, seeing this as a sign that the Obama's were taking a populist approach. Many also assumed that the Obama's were getting a dog from a shelter, although they did not exactly say that.

On November 5th the Humane Society issued a statement based on Obama's speech.

Most presidents in recent times have had pets, and as the next president Barack Obama can set a tremendous example for the rest of Americans by adopting a homeless animal.

The Humane Society of the United States looks forward to working with President Obama and watching his children bond with the newest member of their family."

The Obama's are looking to adopt their new addition in the spring, because then they would be settled. So Dogsters, do you think they will:

1. Adopt a rescue from a shelter

2. Adopt a purebred from a breeder

3. Adopt a purebred rescue from a shelter

4. Get the puppy as a gift, like the Clinton's

Give me a bark and let me know what you think.

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