"Who could resist this sweet, happy boy with those beautiful eyes? Apply today for your opportunity to be charmed." Meet Poco, "featured dog" at Greyhound Welfare, "a greyhound rescue and placement group" that places "ex-racing greyhounds throughout the metropolitan Washington DC area." What are you waiting for, Mr. President-elect?
“We have two criteria that have to be reconciled," a playful President-elect Barack Obama told reporters at his press conference Friday, spinning a faux dilemma about what kind of puppy to get for "the girls":
One is that Malia is allergic, so it has to be hypoallergenic. There are a number of breeds that are hypoallergenic. On the other hand, our preference would be to get a shelter dog, but, obviously, a lot of shelter dogs are mutts like me. So — so whether we’re going to be able to balance those two things, I think, is a pressing issue on the Obama household.
We appreciate the attempt at humor on the part of a person our friend neo has correctly pegged as "not a funny man, but two objections come to mind. First, what does being a mutt have to do with whether or not a dog is hypoallergenic? Answer: Nothing. Senator Obama is voting "present," effectively "sidestepping the issue, an option he invoked nearly 130 times as a state senator." Daughter Malia has reportedly "already decided that because of her allergies, she wanted a [purebred] goldendoodle," and our guess is that Papa's trying to have it both ways, keeping the pro-shelter, animal-welfare "dogs" at bay while fulfilling his campaign promise to Malia. Second, hasn't Senator Obama heard of Google? Just type in "hypoallergenic dog" in a search, and you're on your way. One more click, and you've solved the anti-elitist shelter-dog issue:
Greyhounds, Single-Coated. There are many varieties of greyhounds that you can consider. While greyhounds are considered fast, they do not like to run long distances and enjoy sitting with their owner’s for long periods of time. Since greyhounds have short hair and are single-coated, they are a good choice for those with allergies. Greyhounds are also great with children and are relatively easy dogs to train and to have around in the family.
But Malia wants a goldendoodle, so Obama had to put out some delaying, diversionary spin to throw Bark Obama! & Company off the scent. According to the NYT, "the Humane Society of the United States issued a statement suggesting it intended to hold Mr. Obama to adoption":
We are grateful to the Obama family for previously announcing they will rescue a dog — a real message of hope and change for all the dogs in shelters waiting for a loving home and those currently suffering in abusive puppy mills.
Call us cynical*, but we're betting that dog won't hunt.
*Cynic. "The name is recorded in English from the mid-16th century, and comes via Latin cynicus, from Greek kunikós. It probably comes originally from Kunosarges, the name of a gymnasium where Antisthenes taught, but was popularly taken to mean ‘doglike, churlish’, from the nickname (Kōn ‘the dog’) for Diogenes, the most famous of the Cynics."