Now that we know who the next president will be, public attention has turned to the candidacy for First Dog. While President-elect Barack Obama promised a new puppy to his daughters Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, upon their move into the White House, the Obamas are still on the prowl for just the right pup.
Hereï¿½s a debriefing on the situation.
Barack and Michele have expressed interest in adopting a shelter dog.
Because Malia Obama is allergic, the Obamas are looking for a ï¿½hyperallergenicï¿½ dog.
Allergists warn thereï¿½s no such thing as a truly ï¿½hyperallergenicï¿½ dog.
The Obamas worry they wonï¿½t be able to find a shelter or rescue dog that will work with Maliaï¿½s allergy. Barack stated, ï¿½Our preference would be to get a shelter dog, but obviously a lot of shelter dogs are mutts like me.ï¿½
ï¿½Yes you can,ï¿½ bark animal adoption advocates across the nation.
After doing her own research, Malia wants a "goldendoodle," a poodle/golden retriever blend that may or may not be low-shedding, depending on his or her adult coat.
The debate has put the virtues of pet adoption in the public spotlight and sparked a campaign to end puppy mill cruelty.
The Humane Society of the United States has posted an on-line Thank You card that's collected over 5,000 signatures and will be delivered on Friday, November 21, 2008. To sign the card, click
Barack said in a 60 Minutes interview that the family will wait until they're settled in the White House before making a choice.
Only time will tell what lucky pup will win the candidacy for First Dog, but thereï¿½s one thing the president-elect can count on: if he doesnï¿½t make good on his puppy promise, heï¿½s going to have to face some pretty big puppy-dog eyes and may even find himself in the dog house! We at VT wish the Obamas the best of luck in finding their new furry family member!