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It's a Portuguese Water Dog

 
 
jespah
 
Reply Sun 12 Apr, 2009 08:12 am
The first pup has apparently been chosen.
Click here for the story.

http://msnbcmedia4.msn.com/j/MSNBC/Components/Photo/_new/090411-puppy-vlg-9p.widec.jpg

Welcome to the White House, Bo.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sun 12 Apr, 2009 09:31 am
Bo is mighty cute. The kids are sure to love him.
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joefromchicago
 
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Reply Mon 13 Apr, 2009 08:43 am
What, they couldn't get an AMERICAN water dog??? The conservatives should be in a righteous lather over this one.
dagmaraka
 
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Reply Mon 13 Apr, 2009 08:58 am
@joefromchicago,
and it's BLACK! the nerve of those people.
Region Philbis
 
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Reply Mon 13 Apr, 2009 10:15 am
@dagmaraka,
black and white, actually --

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef01156f1f9b5d970c-800wi

and, as you can see, he recently got lei'd...

sozobe
 
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Reply Mon 13 Apr, 2009 10:20 am
@Region Philbis,
Such a sweet little face.
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Linkat
 
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Reply Mon 13 Apr, 2009 10:51 am
Love the puppy - how cute!

But I thought they were going to get a shelter doggie?
dagmaraka
 
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Reply Mon 13 Apr, 2009 11:07 am
@Linkat,
well, it seems that this puppy was a gift from senator (Kennedy? Do I remember that correctly?) who had this particular puppy trained for the Obamas -- I guess it was a combination of a gift and of a need of a trained dog....dunno any details though.
sozobe
 
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Reply Mon 13 Apr, 2009 11:19 am
@dagmaraka,
I saw somewhere that the puppy started out with someone else and then "wasn't a good fit," and then from there went to the Kennedys and then to the Obamas.

Here we go:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/12/AR2009041202872.html
jespah
 
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Reply Mon 13 Apr, 2009 12:02 pm
@sozobe,
So, while not a shelter doggie, certainly a doggie who needed a home. Plus I believe a donation went out for shelter pups.

I like how Bo is already properly dressed for state dinners. Leis optional.
dagmaraka
 
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Reply Mon 13 Apr, 2009 12:08 pm
@jespah,
certainly not a fit for everybody, as water dog, Bo will need lots of attention and exercise. Hopefully the White House has enough staff and lawn to keep the fuzzball happy.
saab
 
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Reply Tue 14 Apr, 2009 01:19 am
@dagmaraka,
Sounds to me to be a dog which fits best into a family used to dogs and with lots of time for them.
They also tend to prefer one alpha leader. Who is going to be the alpha leader? The kids canĀ“t and Mom and Dad have no time.

While excellent companions to those who understand their needs, Portuguese Water Dogs are not for everyone. Their intelligence and working drive demand consistent attention in the form of regular vigorous exercise and mental challenges. Gentle and patient, they look (and are) soft, cuddly, and cute -- but they are not to be mistaken for "couch potatoes". When bored, PWDs will become destructive. A PWD can get into the garbage, silently snag food off the kitchen counters when your back is turned, and can even learn to open cabinet doors.

dagmaraka
 
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Reply Tue 14 Apr, 2009 02:25 am
@saab,
i imagine the dog will have a person designated to look after it.... it's a speculation of course, but i'd imagine they would have that in place.
saab
 
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Reply Tue 14 Apr, 2009 02:51 am
@dagmaraka,
The First Family does not sound like a dog-family in a serious sence.
I was annoyed this morning to see in our daily paper that the dog was more inportat news than the uproaring in Thailand.
Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Tue 14 Apr, 2009 05:17 am
Have to admit that the pooch is adorable, but so what????
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dagmaraka
 
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Reply Tue 14 Apr, 2009 12:13 pm
@saab,
that is annoying....but that is not that family's fault.

saab
 
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Reply Tue 14 Apr, 2009 01:30 pm
@dagmaraka,
I was not annoyed with the family nor the cute dog, but a serious newspaper which puts the dog ahead of the riots in Thailand.
I did not even mind seeing the puppy -
dagmaraka
 
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Reply Tue 14 Apr, 2009 01:34 pm
@saab,
yep, that is the state of news reporting today, sadly.
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