Just wondering as I'm sure it does many others who have far too much time on their hands, why the pet of choice for first families is a pooch. Don't get me wrong - I'm a dog lover from way back - but it strikes me that there should be equality when it comes to choosing a pet.
According to news reports, President-elect, Obama, will be adding to the family with the selection of a new puppy. See what I mean?
When it comes to the actual selection, Obama said there were two priorities: to have a "hypoallergenic" breed that sheds less hair, because daughter Malia has allergies, and to have a rescue dog.
Nice to note that the first family is setting an example by choosing a rescue dog. Be that as it may, it would be nice I think, to perhaps consider also adopting a pet cat. After all, cats are easy to care for in that they are an independent lot. For example, a cat can be left on its own with food and water and really they're quite content, being independent by nature.
Taking it a step further, why not a pet bird? Parrots are very intelligent and talented birds. There's a lot of entertainment value when visiting heads of state come to call. Think of the impact of a dancing parrot like Snowball:
Meanwhile, everybody is weighing in as to what type of dog the first family will choose and what name will they select.
Read the story here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/us_elections_2008/7714480.stm
The article includes background information about former White House pets - but no cats. Or parrots...or rats...hamsters...snakes...
Meanwhile, the Humane Society of the U.S. has some wonderful cats waiting to be adopted should there be a "first cat" in the White House: http://www.hsus.org/pets/pet_adoption_information/choosing_the_right_cat.html
They also have a very informative article focusing on how to select the right cat and/or dog here: