New U.S. President Barack Obama Promises Girls a Puppy

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The new First Pet will be an as yet unnamed puppy, according to the Illinois senator’s victory speech in which he thanked his family for their support and told daughters Malia, 10, and Sasha, seven: “I love you more than you can imagine, and you have earned the new puppy that’s coming with us to the White House.”

The girls, who will be the youngest residents of the White House since Amy Carter moved in aged nine in 1977, beamed at the news.

There was no word on the type of dog the Obama family will chose although Michelle Obama indicated in a television interview during the campaign they would like to adopt a rescue dog. Mr Obama had promised his children a dog whether or not he won the election.

The new First Puppy will follow in the footsteps of a long line of presidential pets dating back to George Washington, who had several dogs.

And he or she will replace the most recent canine incumbents, the Bush family’s Scottish terriers, Barney and Miss Beazley.

Bill Clinton had a chocolate labrador, Buddy, and Socks the cat, who was, according to the Presidential Pet Museum in Virginia, the first feline to live in the White House since Amy Carter’s cat, Misty Malarky Ying Yang.

George HW Bush had Millie, a springer spaniel and the only First Pet to write a book, and Ranger, one of her puppies.

Ronald Reagan had a dog called Lucky and Rex, a King Charles cavalier spaniel, while Richard Nixon had a dog called Checkers as vice president and when in the White House, a poodle called Vicky, a terrier Pasha, and King Timahoe, an Irish setter.

According to the Presidential Pet Museum’s website, while John F Kennedy was in office, the White House pets included cats, dogs, a canary, rabbit and Caroline Kennedy’s pony Macaroni.

Over the years sheep, horses, pigs and cows have grazed on the presidential lawns.

The Virginia pet museum also lists more unusual animals including the wallaby, pigmy hippo and bear owned by Calvin and Grace Coolidge, the herd of elephants James Buchanan received from the King of Siam and an alligator John Quincy Adams was given by the Marquis de Layfayette.


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7 thoughts on “New U.S. President Barack Obama Promises Girls a Puppy

  1. A Sanico MD

    The Obamas have talked publicly about getting a “hypoallergenic” dog for their daughter who has asthma. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a truly non-allergenic or hypoallergenic dog. Dogs (and cats for that matter) produce allergenic proteins that can be found in their dander and saliva, regardless of their breed or the length and color of their hair, or lack thereof. Some may produce more – or less – allergens than others simply because of their individual nature. Allergen immunotherapy may be an option for those who wish to be desensitized to such allergens.

  2. Kat

    Rumor has it that they are considering buying an eco-friendly doghouse by Sustainable Pet Design. This is the same company that made doghouses for Frank Lloyd Wright’s grandson, Gwyneth, Leonardo, Daryl Hannah, and Ellen. The doghouse will at least clean the air for the asthma-ridden Obama!

  3. Sonia

    I too suggest a bichon frise . They would make a perfect pet for the Obamas and would love life in the white house ! they are neat and clean and perfect for the allergic person.

  4. Susan

    On a news report, would be good for the canine world

    North American version of Dogs Trust will be developed next year according to Mrs Barrack Obama has been asked to be the Patron.
    Dogs trust in the UK has HRH the Queen as patron and has a history going back 100 years.
    The White House Palace connection would send out the right message to children re animal welfare.
    Dogs Trust in the United States will be run as a charitable foundation in partnership with an international petcare company incorporating DogsTrust & Cats Trust as Charitable Foundations

  5. Debi

    The Obamas would really like a miniature schnauzer, or maybe a standard schnauzer. They do not shed, are very good-natured, and gentle with children. We have our 2nd schnauzer at the time being. They’re very smart.

    A poodle or bichon frise are also good dogs with kids & they do not shed.

  6. Ellen Jackson

    You might be interested in knowing that Abraham Lincoln loved animals. He not only kept a variety of animals while he was in the White House, but he was especially kind to them too. The first photo we have of a presidential pet is one of AL’s dog, Fido, a mutt. Here’s hoping Obama follows his example.

    There are many stories about animals Lincoln saved–a pig, a nest of birds, and a dog. In those days, his kindness was unusual.

    Ellen Jackson, author

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