Apparently one of the next important, and I say that fairly loosely, decisions that the Obamas have is what type of dog to get. This has seriously made the news — even in the uk and canada. And personally, I’m entertained by it. (and of this as well.)
It will honestly not impact my personal life whether they choose a rescue pup, a pure breed, or even a hybrid. While it will indeed, and apparently, make a statement if they rescue a dog from a shelter, they really should just pick the best breed (recognized or not) for their family.
I did a lot of research on breeds growing up, and of course I had “puppy” on my christmas list for many years. Finally, for my 14th birthday my mom said we could get a dog. We had just moved into our own home and had a yard, and my mom had these naive notions that just because it was my dog I’d actually walk it…. Well, even though I had done research, we didn’t pick a purebred — nor could we afford one really. We went to ARF (the Animal Rescue Fund) and found us a scrawny little guy. He was in a litter of four — there were two black fluffy puppies (a girl and a boy) and then two skinny brown puppies with some black points (also, a girl and a boy)… With my brother’s help, we picked the runt.
And that is the story of how Dexter joined our family.
He’s part Collie, part German Shepherd, and Part Labrador Retriever. Or as I like to call him, he’s a Doodle — only, minus any and all traces of -oodle.
He’s been an amazing dog to have. Barely barks — only if there’s someone at the door, and only once at one of my brother’s friends. He likes to curl up amazingly small and pretty much just be the most adorable puppy you can find. He’s got a great temperament, and well is just happy. He’s got feathery hair behind his ears, on his legs, and on his tail — all of which likes to form dreads, which I generally have to trim out.
Anyway. According to those news sources listed way above, the Obama girls are interested in a Golden Doodle, which sadly isn’t near my own Doodle. It’s a Golden Retriever-Poodle mix. The AKC is hoping they’ll get just a standard Poodle. (Personally, I don’t see the Obamas as a Poodle family…. granted, I just generally don’t care for Poodles… unless on skirts.) .. And PETA is hoping they’ll get a rescued dog, a pound puppy. Again, honestly, they should just get what they want. Since their daughter has an allergy, it might not be a bad idea to get a pure or hybrid breed… with the Great American Mutt, you can’t guaruntee the whole hypoallergenic coat thing. Though, you might be able to find one in a shelter somewhere.
I’ve very pro-pet — well, very pro-responsible-pet-ownership. I think pets can be great companions, and also great entertainment (and I’m not talking Michael Vick stuff). But I definitely think that if you have the resources, the time and the affection… You should invest in a pet. It is indeed a lifelong commitment — generally about 10 years or more for the larger ones (this includes rabbits too!), and well, anything from a year to five or so with some of the smaller ones. I’ve been lucky to have quite a few awesome pets — starting with Kitty (also named Miah Tiger), then Dexter, then Bear, and now Kaija and Tuija. (more information found: on this page). I’m looking forward to the holidays, Tuis & Kai will get a sitter of some sort (maybe jrosei and her sisters), and I’ll get to see Dex and Bear — along with the rest of my family (and their pets — Muffy the Cairn Terrier, Jenna the Neopalitan Mastiff, Mr. Molly the cat, Giget the spoiled Shih Tzu, and Laddie the annoying terrier mix….) … Dexter’s the best though. Seriously. He wins.