First Lady: First Dog Arrives in April

ABC News' Karen Travers and Yunji de Nies report: Vogue Magazine scored the first cover shoot with First Lady Michelle Obama. But PEOPLE magazine scores the scoop that many Americans have been waiting for – the Obama girls will get that promised White House dog in April, after the family takes a vacation for spring break.

First Lady Michelle Obama is on the cover of the PEOPLE Magazine that hits newsstands this Friday, her second magazine cover photo in a month. The First Lady dons one of her now signature sleeveless dresses for the story, titled “Our Life in the White House.”

Other tidbits the First Lady offers: She carries two Blackberries – one personal and one professional. The President is still struggling with quitting smoking. And like so many Americans, Mrs. Obama is not looking at her 401k right now.

But what about that soon to arrive First Dog?     A rescue Portuguese Water dog is still at the top of list, Mrs. Obama said, but one that is “old enough” and a “match” for the Obama family’s dynamic.

"Temperamentally they're supposed to be pretty good," the First Lady told People of the breed. "From the size perspective, they're sort of middle of the road – it's not small, but it's not a huge dog. And the folks that we know who own them have raved about them. So that's where we're leaning."

Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy has two Water dogs of his own and has done some lobbying on the breed’s behalf.

The First Lady said the dog’s name is still under discussion after some peculiar choices from her daughters.

“Oh, the names are really bad. I don't even want to mention it, because there are names floating around and they're bad," Mrs. Obama told PEOPLE. “You listen and you go – like, I think, Frank was one of them. Frank! Moose was another one of them. Moose. I said, well, what if the dog isn't a moose? Moose. I'm like, no, come on, let's work with the names a little bit.”

Mrs. Obama said she was surprised at how interested the American public has been in the search for the White House dog. “One of the things I didn't anticipate is the level of the excitement about the dog. I knew my kids were excited. They've been excited for years. They've even calmed down, because they feel like, ‘They said we're going to get one, so let's just shut up about it.’”

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