According to People Magazine there could be a new dog in the White House as early as April, after the Obama family's Spring Break trip. As you all know the Obamas have been trying to decide between a Labradoodle or Portuguese Water Dog, as both breeds are low-allergens. Mrs. Obama told People that The White House’s First Pup will probably be a rescued (YAY!) Portuguese water dog.
Senator Ted Kennedy, who owns two water dogs, Sunny and Splash, has been singing their praises to the Obamas. According to the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America, the dogs are "great with children." The dogs date back to pre-Christian times; the first written description of a Portuguese Water Dog is a 1297 monk's report of a dying sailor brought out of the sea by a dog with a "black coat of rough hair, cut to the first rib and with a tuft on the tip of his tail." Long popular in Portugal, they were first imported to the U.S. in 1968.
The American Kennel Club describes the Portuguese Water Dog as "a loyal companion and alert guard. This highly intelligent utilitarian breed is distinguished by two coat types, either curly or wavy; an impressive head of considerable breadth and well proportioned mass; a ruggedly built, well-knit body; and a powerful, thickly based tail, carried gallantly or used purposefully as a rudder. The Portuguese Water Dog provides an indelible impression of strength, spirit, and soundness."
Mrs. Obama said the girls have suggested the names "Frank" and "Moose".
Regardless of their names, this is indeed happy news!
Every loving home deserves a dog and every dog deserves a loving home.
Winter is still hanging on in many parts of the country, as seen in this lovely picture I received from my friend, Vicki, in North Dakota.