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Gerry Clinchy
02-25-2009, 09:29 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - This isn't just another wag-the-tail story: The Obamas are
getting a dog in April and are looking for a rescue Portuguese Water Dog.

First lady Michelle Obama tells People magazine that the target date for the
arrival of the family pet is after her daughters' spring break trip in
April, though 7-year-old Sasha is convinced the dog is coming April 1.

"So Sasha says 'April 1st.' I said, 'April.' She says, 'April 1st.' It's
like, April!" said Mrs. Obama.
[snip]
The family wants a rescue Portuguese Water Dog who is the appropriate age and match.


Unfortunately, since PWDs are a rather rare breed, there are no PWDS in rescue right now. The Natl Coordinator of PWDCA lives about a mile away from me. She's already getting calls from reporters on this.

I would just think that a President has all kinds of people to research stuff like this in advance, yet they are really no different in this respect than the "man on the street" in laying out the schedule before they've got the correct information.

And, yeah, the PWD breeders are none too happy that their breed will be put in the spotlight by this choice.

backpasture
02-25-2009, 11:15 PM
http://i538.photobucket.com/albums/ff350/backpasture/cry_baby.jpg

Portuguese Water Dog??!?! Are those dogs even here legally?!?!?!!!! Don't the Portuguese have nationalized health care???!? SOCIALISTS!!!!!

Cue the Republican OUTRAGE!!!!!

Juli H
02-26-2009, 02:16 AM
I think I want to buy a couple....yr from now I can have litters on the ground and most likely pre-sold...

PWDs don't have any health issues do they?


BTW - If you think I'm serious, I'm not.

I feel badly for the PWD breeders who take their breed's welfare to heart.

Juli

Evan
02-26-2009, 07:05 AM
Young Chuck moved to Texas and bought a donkey from a farmer for $100.00.The farmer agreed to deliver the donkey the next day.
The next day he drove up and said, 'Sorry son, but I have some bad news. The donkey died.'
Chuck replied, 'Well, then, give me my money back.'
The farmer said, 'Can't do that. I went and spent it already.'
Chuck said, 'OK then, bring me the dead donkey.'
The farmer asked, 'What ya gonna do with him?'
Chuck said, 'I'm going to raffle him off.'
The farmer said 'You can't raffle off a dead donkey!'
Chuck said, 'Sure I can. Watch me. I just won't tell anybody he's dead.'
A month later, the farmer met up with Chuck and asked, 'What happened with that dead donkey?'
Chuck said, 'I raffled him off. I sold 500 tickets at two dollars apiece and made a profit of $898.00.'
The farmer said, 'Didn't anyone complain?'
Chuck said, 'Just the guy who won. So I gave him back his two dollars.'
Chuck now works for Citibank.
The farmer is running for Congress.

And so it goes.

Evan

road kill
02-26-2009, 08:53 AM
Young Chuck moved to Texas and bought a donkey from a farmer for $100.00.The farmer agreed to deliver the donkey the next day.
The next day he drove up and said, 'Sorry son, but I have some bad news. The donkey died.'
Chuck replied, 'Well, then, give me my money back.'
The farmer said, 'Can't do that. I went and spent it already.'
Chuck said, 'OK then, bring me the dead donkey.'
The farmer asked, 'What ya gonna do with him?'
Chuck said, 'I'm going to raffle him off.'
The farmer said 'You can't raffle off a dead donkey!'
Chuck said, 'Sure I can. Watch me. I just won't tell anybody he's dead.'
A month later, the farmer met up with Chuck and asked, 'What happened with that dead donkey?'
Chuck said, 'I raffled him off. I sold 500 tickets at two dollars apiece and made a profit of $898.00.'
The farmer said, 'Didn't anyone complain?'
Chuck said, 'Just the guy who won. So I gave him back his two dollars.'
Chuck now works for Citibank.
The farmer is running for Congress.

And so it goes.

Evan

What happened to the dead Donkey??

Senate??

Evan
02-26-2009, 08:54 AM
Vice President! :D

Evan

Julie R.
02-26-2009, 10:16 AM
I was sorta hoping he'd choose one of these. I hear they're real good with kids. http://www.hemmy.net/images/animals/hyenapet06.jpg

"No honey, he won't bite, climb right up on his back and stick your hand right here."

ErinsEdge
02-26-2009, 10:19 AM
Unfortunately, since PWDs are a rather rare breed, there are no PWDS in rescue right now. The Natl Coordinator of PWDCA lives about a mile away from me. She's already getting calls from reporters on this.

I would just think that a President has all kinds of people to research stuff like this in advance, yet they are really no different in this respect than the "man on the street" in laying out the schedule before they've got the correct information.

And, yeah, the PWD breeders are none too happy that their breed will be put in the spotlight by this choice.
I was wondering about this and thought maybe he was getting a puppy with the timeline set at April, meaning a puppy would be born. Maybe they are going to just SAY it is a rescue which would really anger the PWD breeders.

Gerry Clinchy
02-26-2009, 10:52 AM
I was wondering about this and thought maybe he was getting a puppy with the timeline set at April, meaning a puppy would be born. Maybe they are going to just SAY it is a rescue which would really anger the PWD breeders.

Yes, this is not a happy situation for PWD breeders.

Painted himself into a box ... he sort of promised HSUS (et al) that their family would take a "shelter" dog, a dog that would otherwise not have a home. However, there was a failure to investigate the facts relating to PWDs and their comparative rarity. So, if they get a puppy (or young adult) they either have to fess up that it was not a shelter dog; or carry out a pretense that it is.

This may point to our own failure as hobby breeders to make consumer education more readily available ... while the AR, HSUS, et al make sure they have a high profile and are viewed as "experts".

They made a promise to the children without having the sound information on the obstacles to delivering on the promise.

And, yes, the PWDs have genetic issues. Of course, CHD. Also prcd-PRA and copper storage disease. There may be others. There is a website hosted by the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America. Wonder if the Presidential advisors used it? It appears that the reporters were able to locate the national rescue coordinator.

road kill
02-26-2009, 10:56 AM
Yes, this is not a happy situation for PWD breeders.

Painted himself into a box ... he sort of promised HSUS (et al) that their family would take a "shelter" dog, a dog that would otherwise not have a home. However, there was a failure to investigate the facts relating to PWDs and their comparative rarity. So, if they get a puppy (or young adult) they either have to fess up that it was not a shelter dog; or carry out a pretense that it is.

This may point to our own failure as hobby breeders to make consumer education more readily available ... while the AR, HSUS, et al make sure they have a high profile and are viewed as "experts".

They made a promise to the children without having the sound information on the obstacles to delivering on the promise.
And, yes, the PWDs have genetic issues. Of course, CHD. Also prcd-PRA and copper storage disease. There may be others. There is a website hosted by the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America. Wonder if the Presidential advisors used it? It appears that the reporters were able to locate the national rescue coordinator.

Standard Operating Procedure!!

Art Geddes
02-28-2009, 04:54 PM
Maybe it will be a rescue dog after the family gives it up as they probably have no idea how to raise a puppy to be a trained adult dog.

Art

road kill
02-28-2009, 07:39 PM
I heard these Portugese Water Dogs are very smart.

So....the upside is.....There will be some intelligent life in the White House!!

Relax Leftys, it's a JOKE!!:cool:

subroc
03-01-2009, 08:01 AM
Well, in this case I wish obama and his family the best as they bringing a pet into their home for all to enjoy. I believe clinton got the pet with the mindset "insert pet here" as a way to display some perception of family complete with pet. President George W. Bush and family always had dogs. In this case, hell, the guy wants to get his kids a dog, they did some research, settled on a breed, and now they are going to get one. I expect they will have experts, maybe the dog whisperer will actually train it, either way, I hope they enjoy all the same things we get from our dogs.

Enough of that, now on to our regular programming.

badbullgator
03-01-2009, 08:45 AM
Well, in this case I wish obama and his family the best as they bringing a pet into their home for all to enjoy. I believe clinton got the pet with the mindset "insert pet here" as a way to display some perception of family complete with pet. President George W. Bush and family always had dogs. In this case, hell, the guy wants to get his kids a dog, they did some research, settled on a breed, and now they are going to get one. I expect they will have experts, maybe the dog whisperer will actually train it, either way, I hope they enjoy all the same things we get from our dogs.

Enough of that, now on to our regular programming.


Agree
BFD the president is getting a dog...how is that bad?

Gerry Clinchy
03-01-2009, 11:09 AM
Let's just hope the trainers are better than the people who got them the info on the PWDS to begin with, i.e. that finding a PWD rescue was not going to be easy.

BrianW
03-01-2009, 08:58 PM
Agree
BFD the president is getting a dog...how is that bad?

Do you really think the girls will take care of the dog; feed, brush, exercise, clean up the crap etc.

We'll have to have a kennel manager, trainer, exercise/yard boy, personal chef and Secret Service agent just for the dog for the 20+ hours a day they're in school, sleeping, public appearances ...
Hey, maybe they'll name the dog "Stimulus" !! :lol:

road kill
03-02-2009, 07:02 AM
Do you really think the girls will take care of the dog; feed, brush, exercise, clean up the crap etc.

We'll have to have a kennel manager, trainer, exercise/yard boy, personal chef and Secret Service agent just for the dog for the 20+ hours a day they're in school, sleeping, public appearances ...
Hey, maybe they'll name the dog "Stimulus" !! :lol:

The upside is that by your count there will be at least 5 new jobs!!:cool:

Goose
03-02-2009, 08:16 AM
I didn't think dogs got along with snakes.

badbullgator
03-02-2009, 08:35 AM
Do you really think the girls will take care of the dog; feed, brush, exercise, clean up the crap etc.

We'll have to have a kennel manager, trainer, exercise/yard boy, personal chef and Secret Service agent just for the dog for the 20+ hours a day they're in school, sleeping, public appearances ...
Hey, maybe they'll name the dog "Stimulus" !! :lol:


So the kids should not be allowed to have a dog?? Hey with the money they are spending everyday that we don't have this is the least of our worries

BrianW
03-02-2009, 06:46 PM
So the kids should not be allowed to have a dog?? Hey with the money they are spending everyday that we don't have this is the least of our worries

If the girls actually take care of it, no problem at all. Kids need dogs and dogs need kids.

But if having a dog was actually a personal development issue for the Obama children, like it is for many families, they didn't have to wait until Daddy was in the Oval Office to get one, the guy's a freakin' millionaire for Pete's (PeTA's ? :lol:) sake and they didn't have to make it a political issue/fashion statement to satisfy HSUS, etc..

Heck, I'm glad that some folks may get a job off of this, hence my joke about the name.
What's a couple hundred k for 4+ years of dog care out of 4 trillion & change?
Maybe we could call it a "dog ear"mark?? :lol: At least it's not "pork"!!

Legacy 6
03-03-2009, 11:08 AM
I think you guys are missing something really important here...

He's the President. If he says he wants a "rescue" dog, someone is going to "arrange" for a rescue PWD to be found, just in the nick of time.

I also agree that someone will be brought to the White House to maintain the President's family pet. I also think they will arrange for an older PWD so they can milk that for all it's worth too.

I think they should go for a rescue Brussel's Griffon. Now THAT would be funny!!!

"The President said make them an offer they couldn't refuse" regards

Gerry Clinchy
03-03-2009, 12:38 PM
I think you guys are missing something really important here...

He's the President. If he says he wants a "rescue" dog, someone is going to "arrange" for a rescue PWD to be found, just in the nick of time.


The real point in all of this may be that he made a promise to deliver something to his kids before he had the information he needed.

jollycurl
03-03-2009, 12:48 PM
And as if being asked if our dogs are Labradoodles, we now have people coming up to us and asking us if our dogs are Portuguese Water Dogs. Just what we needed!:rolleyes:

YardleyLabs
03-03-2009, 03:07 PM
I think you guys are missing something really important here...

He's the President. If he says he wants a "rescue" dog, someone is going to "arrange" for a rescue PWD to be found, just in the nick of time.

I also agree that someone will be brought to the White House to maintain the President's family pet. I also think they will arrange for an older PWD so they can milk that for all it's worth too.


I think they should go for a rescue Brussel's Griffon. Now THAT would be funny!!!

"The President said make them an offer they couldn't refuse" regards

I would definitely second the griffon suggestion. It's hard to mess them up.