Monday, March 23, 2009

Obama's Pet Quest: Try a Border Terrier?

The quest for the perfect dog is imperfect by nature

Judith Lewis writes for the Los Angeles Times that while the Obama family’s quest for a family dog has yet to reach a conclusion, some new wrinkles in the search have revealed why they’re having so much difficulty. First Lady Michelle Obama revealed in an interview that they want an adult rescued Portuguese water dog that is house-trained. Not too much to ask for, eh?

But Lewis, being an animal activist, objects. Many people animal groups would love to see the Obamas adopt a pet, but in consideration of daughter Sasha’s allergies, they’ll only consider a purebred. And as Lewis puts it, “last time I checked, Portuguese water dogs weren’t turning up at the pound with any regularity.” People who keep them generally aren’t in the market for payday loans, either.

Avoid puppy mills

Most of the pure-bred dogs in shelters tend to come from backyard breeders or puppy mills. The constant inbreeding for desirable characteristics opens the door for harmful mutation, particularly the inability to breathe properly. Responsible breeders, says Lewis, don’t put their dogs up for rescue; they “re-home” them. ... click here to read the rest of the article titled "Obama's Pet Quest: Try a Border Terrier?"

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