Archive for April 15th, 2009

Bo Obama

I’ve been pondering the politics of the Obamas’ choice of dog and one thing that strikes me is this: we’re talking about his kids’ dog, so why is it suddenly political?

Secondly, there’s the issue of why they’ve chosen a Portuguese Water Dog.

I don’t believe that there is such a thing a “hypoallergenic” breed of dog, but I do see the logic that dogs (and cats) who don’t shed hair, present far less of a problem than dogs who shed enough hair to cover another dog every time they move (Snipe, cough cough, Midge…).

So when you’ve got a child who is allergic to animals, like ten year old Malia, getting a dog which doesn’t shed is an excellent idea.

The main problem (for those who having nothing better to moan about) is that Obama stated that the “First Puppy” would come from an animal shelter.

However, as I understand it, they were unable to find the right breed of puppy in any shelters, which is why they gratefully accepted the gift of “Bo” from Senator Edward Kennedy.

Unfortunately, the general public, who are presumably Lemmings posing as voting adults, have completely lost their minds and have all decided en masse that they too wish to own a Portuguese Water Dog. Which is fine until they realise that dogs are not fashion accessories, that they poo, pee and chew and need lots and lots of exercise.

This is the issue that’s got a lot of dog lovers hot under the collar, and they’re right.

But surely the answer is not to condemn the Obamas for getting Bo, but rather to campaign to raise awareness of the plight of dogs in rescue homes, and to educate the public about the responsibility of dog ownership and the restrictions that your canine companion inevitably puts on your life.

And for crying out loud, leave Bo and the Obama girls alone. They’re kids, he’s a puppy. When all’s said and done, nothing is more special than that.