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Obamas to Adopt Dog

The Scoop: Obamas Plan on Adding to the Family

In a recent interview with Access Hollywood, once again Barack Obama declared that, win or lose, their family would be welcoming a new addition: a dog! It seems everyone has an opinion on which pooch he should choose as the AKC released a list of five hypoallergenic dogs for his daughters' allergies (Bichon Frise, Chinese Crested, Miniature Schnauzer, Poodle, or Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier), and even animal rights activists share their opinions. In a letter to the senator, PETA expressed their view on why Mr. Obama should be looking at shelters instead of breeders:

Millions of Great American Mutts — the dog that should be our national dog — are set to die in our nation's extremely overcrowded pounds and shelters for lack of good homes. Adopting an animal not only saves a life, but demonstrates compassion, and the companion animal overpopulation crisis deserves attention from all Americans.

Although the Obamas have already expressed interest in rescuing a dog, I'm sure no matter which dog they choose they will give their new furry friend the love and attention it deserves. I can't wait to see the new addition!


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carak carak 9 years
my boyfriend is allergic to dogs, even miniature schnauzers!
Da-Ly Da-Ly 9 years
Agreed, Ann418. Of course the Obamas should put the comfort and needs of their child first rather and get a hypo-allergenic one. But then again, it is PETA, so no surprise there. Whatever they pick, I hope they get a dog that's good for their lifestyle.
BalooB BalooB 9 years
I think he should get a mini schnauzer! I'm biased though.
ann418 ann418 9 years
PETA buggs the begeezus out of me. Their daughter is allergic. There are five breeds that are good for her. So why would they go get a mutt at a shelter when they don't know what it'll do to her allergies?
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I don't know much about allergies to dogs, but kimba maybe you can talk to a vet or breeder in your area. I think it's fun that they're getting a dog. It's been a crazy year for his daughters so it's a fun present to get a pup!
7kimba7 7kimba7 9 years
I know that a lot of pure bred rescue organizations have dogs that are mixed breeds. So if his daughters' allergies are the problem, how can he be sure that the dog is pure bred or won't be a problem for allergies if he adopts/rescues one? I'm asking because I have no idea. I'm in a similar situation- I'd like another dog in a few years and would love to rescue, but fiance has severe allergies/asthma.
wakeupandora wakeupandora 9 years
I'm all for them rescuing/adopting, but finding a responsible breeder for a breed of dog they feel is a good lifetime fit for their family is also a very humane thing to do.
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
I'm a little cynical as to why he should get a pet now (it does seem very "presidential", doesn't it?), but if he does get one... I hope he will adopt. I vote for a miniature schnauzer!
GigglyGirl GigglyGirl 9 years
PETA's shelters have the highest kill rates of them all. has information.
BloodyFuFu BloodyFuFu 9 years
Best Friends has a petition up for the Obamas to adopt! Best Friends is an amazing place that not only cares for animals to be adopted but cares for animals who can not be due to health or personality issues. Lots of great articles too.
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