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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Dogs on Thursday

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And now onto Sue's post!

The New First Dog

Next week a new President will be sworn in and a new family will move into the White House. Mr. Obama has promised his daughters a puppy. Since one of the girls is allergic to dogs, the family wants a hypoallergenic dog.

Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a truly hypoallergenic dog. Some dogs, usually those with a single coat, can cause fewer sensitivity problems for certain individuals. Some people are actually sensitive to a protein in canine saliva. If that's the case, there is no dog that is safe for them. In many cases it's the environmental allergens carried into the house on the dog's coat that cause the problem. The only way to know if a particular dog will affect a particular person is for them to spend time together, not ten minutes, but a couple of days.

One of the breeds the Obamas are considering is my breed, the Portuguese Water Dog. I've owned PWDs for over twenty years and currently have eight of them, but they are not easy dogs. I don't feel they are a good first dog for a family that isn't experienced with dogs.

They are noisy, rough and sneaky. They demand attention and want to be with their person every minute of the day. They steal and splash water everywhere. Mine paddle in their kitchen water bowl, force open the shower door to join us, or guests, in the shower. They dig, not holes, but trenches in the yard. They can clear a four foot fence and have locked me out of the house several times. I now carry my key at all times. This breed needs a firm but loving hand on the leash. They need early training and a good sense of humor.

I actually have one that would make a good White House pet. Sky is a little barky, but he's calm and gentle. He doesn't climb on the furniture or jump on people. The others wouldn't last an hour as First Dog.

I can picture the Queen of England with big paw prints on her back after receiving a greeting from Norma Jean. I can see Noah trying to get a peek under the long robes of a Middle Eastern diplomat. I can see Samba stealing food off the table in the State Dining Room, Fudge knocking someone down the grand staircase as he twirls past them, Lola doing zoomies around the Oval Office and Bailey playing 'keep away' with one of the Presidential speeches she's stolen off the desk.

The big south lawn would be great for digging and the swimming pool would be permanently occupied by Tess. To stick these dogs in a kennel and only let them have occasional access to their human family would be cruel.

I think there are other breeds I might recommend to the Obamas as first First Dog.


Cathy said...

Wonderful photos! I want to snuggle their curls!

Tobi said...

I love the pics of the puppies! It's very admirable that you posted your real opinion on the breed despite how adorable they are.

Anonymous said...

This was a very interesting and informative post. The pictures you posted are adorable.

Tina. said...

Great pictures! You should send this to the Obama's staff! Happy DOT's everyone!

vegasangelbrat said...

Oh what great puppy shots...sure are cuties!!! That breed only sounds alittle worse than what I have already with my spoiled
Happy DoT to all!! Make it a good one!

gaylen said...

Sue good job pointing out the pros and cons of PWD. Most owners of a favorite breed would hesitate to point out their shortcomings. I hope the first family does all the research and the dog becomes an actual member of the family - not just something you do because you're the First Family. g

imjacobsmom said...

Thanks for sharing your breed with us. I wasn't familiar with the breed. They sure are cute! ~ Robyn

soulbrush said...

sue, i think you should wrtie to mr president and tell hom about the breed. they are adorable. hugs.

Marjie said...

Pretty dogs, but I agree that it's not a good "first time dog owner" pet. Mastiffs are a surprisingly easy breed to own, or be owned by, but most people are put off by their great size. I've had them for 20 years, and will never have another breed again, because they're so easy to train and so mellow. Bad points: drooly and sloppy eaters.

Sue said...

The few Mastiffs I've known have been so calm and mellow. I absolutely love the breed. I took care of a St Bernard once so I understand about drool.

Sonya said...

Adorable puppies!

Dot O said...

I just made it! Can't wait to look at the other posters' furbabies.

GoldenTracks said...

Great job Sue. It is truly important for everyone to understand the pros and cons of any breed they consider. Unfortunately, the other breed they are considering is a "designer" breed that has exploited two perfectly good breeds. The breeders charge far more for the mixed breeds than the finest specimen of either parent breed. All the while, they tout the positives of both breeds. They never mention that without many years of careful breeding, many bad traits, such as temperament issues, become dominant in the cross breeding.
UGH!!!! don't get me started!
OK I'll get off my soap box now.