Wednesday, April 15, 2009


There is much to do about Bo the Obama’s new dog.

I am constantly amazed, disappointed and aghast at the ignorance and arrogance of some Americans.

The media has chosen to place the dog on the front page in the newspapers and in the first section of the television broadcasts, and the Internet blogs are full of comments about what the Obama’s should and should not do. Frankly, everybody, it’s none of our damn business.

During the campaign, candidate Obama said if he gets to the White House, he promised his daughters they could have a dog. Presumably to be folksy, he said it would probably be a shelter dog, but one who would not cause an allergy reaction to the kids.

I have had pet dogs most of my life and there are very few hypoallergenic dogs that come from a shelter. With double coated fur you get allergies from dander; with singled coated hair you don’t get as much dander.

Most of the hypoallergenic dog breeds are pedigreed and purebred and not shelter mutts. The Poodle, Bichon Frise, Havenese, Maltese and the Portuguese Water Dog are considered hypoallergenic, “hypo” meaning less, not “non”. There is no such thing as a non-allergenic dog.

Back to the plethora of Internet comments regarding Bo.

One writer wanted to know why President Obama didn’t get a white dog. Really, some idiot said that!

Another said Obama broke a promise to get a shelter dog. Still another said the family doesn’t even want the dog. How he knows that is beyond reason and then he added, “But O is NOT the typical U.S. president coming from Indonesia and a religion that views dogs as filthy animals”.

Get a life guy or better yet get a dog. Their unconditional love may teach you something.

1 comment:

Mike Licht said...

Do Portuguese Water Dogs eat linguiça?


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