Could one of these two Golden Doodle puppies be the face of the new First Pooch? President Obama has told daughters Malia and Sasha that they can have a puppy. Two issues: (1) Malia is allergic, so they need the dog to be hypoallergenic, producing fewer allergens. And (2) They want a shelter dog. With all the homeless pets out there, the Obamas think it's important to not go the route of the pure-bred. "They seem to have narrowed it down to a labradoodle or a Portuguese water hound," Mr. Obama told George Stephanopoulos a few weeks ago. A "medium sized dog, and so, we’re now going to start looking at shelters to see when one of those dogs might come up."
Both labradoodles and Portuguese water hounds are hypoallergenic, but neither is in huge supply in shelters, as far as I can tell from a quick search on petfinder.com . "We’re closing in on it," the then-president-elect said. "This has been tougher than finding a commerce secretary." The Best Friends Animal Society , working with National Mill Dog Rescue , e-mails to say that Stella and Susie -- two 4-month-old Golden Doodle puppies from Missouri, "rescued from a puppy mill, are patiently waiting at their foster home in Colorado Springs for a call from the White House." They're house-trained and, says Theresa Strader of National Mill Dog Rescue, “Stella is more laid back with a very sweet and outgoing temperament but happy to have several naps a day," while "Susie is a bit more of a wild child -- very energetic and a bit nosy, but also very loving and sweet.” Over to you, President and first lady Obama. - jpt