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November 11th, 2008
03:23 PM ET

Finding the First Dog...

In his speech after Tuesday night's election victory, President-elect Barack Obama promised his daughters a puppy to live with them in the White House.

The Obamas will hardly be the only first family to have a pet - George W. Bush's family has three dogs and a cat, and the Clintons had a cat and a dog. Thomas Jefferson even had two pet grizzly bears.

We want to know what kind of pet you would get if you lived in the White House. What dog breed do you think would be best for the Obamas? And what should they name their puppy?

You can submit your iReport photos here, or just leave us a comment with the best puppy for the president!


Filed under: 360° Radar • Barack Obama
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. JanW

    I hope the Obama's consider a greyhound. They are fantastic pets, and rescuing one is nearly as good as getting one from the pound.

    The rescue group in the DC/Virginia/Maryland region is:
    http://www.greyrescue.org/

    A second one in Viriginia is:
    http://www.virginiagreyhounds.org/

    If it's a female, I recommend the name Hope.
    For a male, why "Changer" of course!

    November 15, 2008 at 7:18 am |
  2. Sandie Lambert

    I will try this again the first went into cyber lala land.

    I will suggest the Obamas look into adopting a retired reacing geyhound. The make a 'greyt' family pet. Are almost allergin free and dont have that doggie smel, even when wet! The are very people friendly as very use to being with many people. They are used to being walked on a leash and are house broken. They are a purebred dog – mostly free of medical defects. They only need a bit of walking and other wise are couch potatoes. They don't have a undercoat and short hair so a mittbrush over them weekly takes care of any loose hair. When I lived back in the states I adopted my grey throungn GPA-MN (Greyhounds As Pets) and ReGAP (retired Greyhound Adoption Program) are both very good groups, And at teh cost of about $250 they would be getting a dog worth $1,000's! They can go on line and look at the many rescued retired racing greyhounds up for adoption and have their pick. They make good family pets and love to meet people so would be great in the White House. I hope the Obamas think about getting a retired racing greyhound as the new White House Family pet.

    Sandie Lambert
    P.S.
    I did work with greyhounds back in Minnesota. I lived there from 1952 until 2004. I had met a man in Australia and fell in love and moved here in 2004. I have recently started a greyhound adoption Group here in Broken Hill, NSW. Australia, it is in the Outback. I have kept up with Obama since he started like many here have. I am glad he got elected on his merits and his plans for the future of the United States. Both for the benefits of my family and friends back in the states but also for all us over seas and all across the world. Not just those of us who are Americans but for everyone. I wish him and his cabinet and everyone in Washingtion and any government office in the states the best of luck in the coming years.

    November 14, 2008 at 8:04 am |
  3. Veronica

    I would consider that the Obamas get a Maltapoo. This is a Maltese and poodle mix. Our dog's name is Champ, he is a great dog for children. I love him. Maltipoos do not shed and that makes them a good choice for allergy sufferers. I really would like for the Obamas to get this type of dog. If they do, please let me know. Good Luck!

    November 12, 2008 at 11:11 pm |
  4. Jessica

    I think the Obamas should get a Westie (West Highland White Terrier)....It is a cousin of the Scottish Terrier (as in Barney Bush), but it is hypo-allergenic, much better with kids, and best of all, it is white, which is the complete opposite of Barney, as Obama is the complete opposite of Bush!

    November 12, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  5. Texas

    President-Elect & Mrs. Obama– Rescue a dog!!! There MUST be ONE or TWO that are Hypoallergenic at the pound.

    November 12, 2008 at 11:05 am |
  6. Joanne, Syracuse, NY

    The hypo-allergenic dogs have hair, not fur. A Cairn terrier, or any terrier is a good choice.

    November 12, 2008 at 10:58 am |
  7. Michelle D. Fonthill,Ontario

    A terrier breed maybe would do the trick a wheaton terrier or poodle
    one that is kid-freindly family dog.

    November 12, 2008 at 9:30 am |
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