Obama Dog Search Nears an EndPublished February 26, 2009
"April showers brings May flowers", so the saying goes. But for the Obama daughters, the most fetching and beautiful of these blossoms will assume the guise of a compelling canine moving into the White House sometime in April.
As you will recall, President Obama made a solemn promise to his daughters during his campaign that if he was elected to the White House a "First Dog" will take up residence as part of the family. Since President Barrack Obama is being held to his word by his children, and Malia, the older Obama daughter is allergic to dogs, a huge amount of research has been diligently undertaken to learn all the facts in order to find that perfect pooch.
Vetted as thoroughly as any of the President's cabinet members, their first choice is a rescue Portuguese water dog. Highly recommended by Senator Edward Kennedy who shares his home and heart with his two Portuguese Water dogs, he commends their wonderful temperament and their fabulous ability to get along with children. The Obamas are eagerly searching for one now.
In reality no dog is totally free of potential allergens, according to asthma specialist, Dr. Corinna Bowser of Havertown, Pa, who told WebMD, "I don't think there is such a thing as a hypoallergenic dog," explaining that the major allergen is the protein found in dog serum which is excreted in sweat and shedding from the skin. Dr. Bowser adds, "It also gets secreted into the saliva, and possibly a little bit in the urine," This being said, the Portuguese Water Dog is a breed which is famous for being tolerated by folks with allergies.
While the likelihood of finding a purebred Portuguese Water dog awaiting a new loving forever home at a shelter is highly unlikely as far as I am concerned, the Portuguese Water Dog Rescue group- http://www.pwdca.org/ is a great resource with which to connect to find a dog in need while at the same time fulfilling Malia's canine medical requirements. Failing to find a rescue dog, on the other hand, I bet my bottom dollar if the word gets out, that a reputable breeder would be honored to gift them with one of their pet quality pooches.
I am sitting on pins and needles in anticipation, along with all the animal lovers around the country for the news about the Obama's new arrival.
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