I'm talking dog, people. Really. The thoughts that go through your minds...
For those who haven't heard, the Obamas have narrowed down their dog selection to a labradoodle or a Portuguese water dog. And per the President Elect's promise, they are going to look for the First Pooch-to-Be in a shelter. (Good luck with that.)
Personally, I am rooting for the Portuguese water dog. I think it is in many ways the perfect dog for Barack Obama, his family, and the Nation.
Like Obama, the Portuguese water dog is somewhat exotic and rare, independent, intelligent, and a hard worker and herder of Congresspeople -- I mean sheep. I mean... Oh never mind.
In any case, the dog sounds like a good choice to me.
On the other hand, the labradoodle.... Go on. Say "labradoodle." Labradoodle. Is this any dog for the President of the United States? Also labradoodles are not necessarily hypoallergenic.
So I say, just say "no" to designer dogs, Mr. President Elect, and go with the Portuguese water dog (if those are your only two choices).
To read more about the quest for the First Dog, check out this short, funny post from yesterday's The Caucus, the New York Times' political blog, from Sharon Otterman. (Hmm. I wonder if she is partial to Otterhounds....)