Obama Family Dog…sigh

I know I’m not the first to blog about this, but I feel a need to express myself here.  This is not a political statement or a bashing of our president.  Its just my own personal opinion on a matter very near and dear to my heart.


Well, the Obama’s finally have a dog.  And its NOT a rescue dog.  I’m not 100% sure how I feel yet, but I know I’m not happy and glowing.

I know there was the complications of a child with allergies.  But the fact that they were so adamant about adopting and then end up with a puppy from a breeder?  Now, I’m sure it was indeed a reputable breeder, and not a puppy mill situation.  And I’m all for going the reputable route if you must have a specific breed for some reason. I understand it was a gift, but I’m sure it wasn’t an unexpected gift.  But this saddens me a bit.

First of all, they aren’t “adopting” a dog in need (according to an article I read, they are making a donation instead…that’s something I suppose).

Second, it will cause a rise in popularity of a breed that is not for everyone and that needs plenty of exercise and mental stimulation.   This means that later this year, we’re likely to see more PWD being turned into shelters than we’ve ever seen before (PWD are pretty rare on the shelter scene, hence the Obama’s having trouble finding a rescue in need of their help I suppose), because people will want one and will then find out it is more dog than they can handle or have time/money for.

It sets a precedent though, and one that bothers me.    I had high hopes that having a rescue dog in the White House would help to bring a greater focus to the plight of homeless animals in this country and to the importance of helping your local shelters.  Especially during these tough times, when so many are finding themselves losing jobs and homes, and not being able to continue caring for animals.  Many end up taking the family pets to the pound because they have no other options left.  Now that focus will be on a pure-bred dog, and the plight of the unwanted will be pushed back from the scene, overshadowed by photos of an adorable curly haired pup and his human family.    I feel like an opportunity for creating some real change is being lost here.  The First Family is an influential force on American Society, one with the power to help “popularize” social change.  Look at Michelle’s garden, which I’m sure has inspired many to do the same and think even just a little about creating some sustainability in their lives.  By adopting a rescue dog, the family could have really brought the problem of homeless animals to the forefront and helped to encourage others to look to their local shelters rather than breeders when looking to add a furry family member.

Sigh.

Maybe they will redeem themselves, and in addition to making a donation, maybe we’ll hear about them actually putting in some volunteer time with an area shelter, since they couldn’t adopt…. Obama did after all make a call for service.

Stepping down off soap box now, and going off to hug my own pound pup and foster dog.

Thanks for reading.  See you at the dog park.

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