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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/11/AR2009041102484.html?hpid=artslot

Not exactly a rescue:

The little guy is a 6-month-old Portuguese water dog given to the Obama girls as a gift by that Portuguese water dog-lovin' senator himself, Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts.


Edit: More info on the source:
According to TMZ, the 6-month-old puppy is coming from a prominent Texas kennel, thanks to Sen. Ted Kennedy's family.

The black male pup was sold to someone who gave it back to the breeder, as commonly happens with reputable breeders. It is usually part of a breeder contract that if the owner cannot keep the dog, it must be returned to the breeder for a new home.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/thedishrag/2009/04/-barack-obamas-new-puppy-is-related-the-kennedy-dogs-.html
 

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I think it looks like a perfect situation. The girls get their puppy, and the family gets the benefit of a dog with a known background, no issues, and as much of a guarantee of hypoallergenic-ness (hypoallergenicity?) as you are gonna get.
 

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I didn't really expect them to be able to find a PWD in a shelter. Their breeders are doing a great job at keeping the breed like it should be.

It's still a good job at trying to find a rescue, and I think it pushed the whole USA to look toward shelters for finding their next pet instead of a breeder.

Not 100% happy, but not upset either.
 

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I don't mind that the dog wasn't from a shelter. They knew they didn't want a baby puppy, they took a dog that was returned to the breeder and still needed a good home, and evidently got the pup from a good breeder---at least good enough to take the unwanted puppy back. So it worked out well. Maybe it will bring more attention as to what makes someone a GOOD breeder, so that more people will shun the bad breeders.

Any info on the breeder? Are they well-known in the PWD community?
 

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The black male pup was sold to someone who gave it back to the breeder, as commonly happens with reputable breeders. It is usually part of a breeder contract that if the owner cannot keep the dog, it must be returned to the breeder for a new home.

In a sense is IS a rescue...If this pup had come from a puppy mill, BYB or Pet store and the family that took it home couldn't give it back to the breeder it would have ended up in a shelter. Then it would be a true rescue puppy.

It was sold to a family, they didn't want it and now it is in a home where it is wanted.
I am thrilled for those two girls that they got their puppy!!
 

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Here are two PWD's in a shelter who happen to be brothers. Would have been cool to adopt them both so this way each girl could have had their own.

http://www.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=13456324
http://www.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=13456337

The one problem I see with the above listings is that they are using the same pictures for both. Perhaps they are identical twins :p

On a good note even though the first dog was not exactly a shelter dog maybe these two guys will get someone to notice them and adopt them out. Adoption fee is only $100 each.

I wonder if they will have the dog neutered? I would hope so.
 

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I guess the POTUS's image consultants nixed the idea of a Standard Poodle as not a "manly" enough dog. As if anyone actually believes the Y-chromosome even gets a vote in that household.
 

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Good for them! Beau and I love the name, lol! ;)
 

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What was up with all of those snarky comments? A shelter dog is not right for every situation, though it is heart breaking to see so many dogs in shelters.

One would think that especially for those that are in shelter dog welfare, it would be understood that you get more flies with honey then vinegar...
 

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What was up with all of those snarky comments? A shelter dog is not right for every situation, though it is heart breaking to see so many dogs in shelters.

One would think that especially for those that are in shelter dog welfare, it would be understood that you get more flies with honey then vinegar...
Are you surprised? I try never to read anything about politics online. The vitrol hatred on both sides is disgusting. Apparently, in this talk-radio/ultra-partisan blog world, even talking about a politician's dog is not immune.
 

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Well, I guess not. :)

I'm just glad the little girls were able to find a dog that fit in with their lifestyle.

He is a cutie!!!!


As for politics...yeah...I have too much mouth to get into political discussions. I only smile and nod, now. :)
 

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One thing I did not mention in my previous post is that I expected this to be the case with the Obama's dog. That is to not come directly from a shelter. They are no different than any other politician. They say they are going to do something and they do something completely different.

It would be nice to know who the breeder is though. I am sure that will come out sometime.
 

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im also very happy for the family, and since it wasn't a rescue the story said they would be making a donation, i don't remember where but they are still sending the right messge a believe.
 

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Lola'sDad, where did you hear that the Obamas WERE DEFINITELY GOING TO get a shelter dog? All I ever heard was that they would consider it. Certainly every man (politician or no) has at one point considered something and done differently after consideration.
 

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To be honest, I'm kind of done caring about the whole "first dog" thing. I'm happy they got their dog from a reputable place and I just hope the breed doesn't catch on in the puppymills.
 

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They are no different than any other politician. They say they are going to do something and they do something completely different.
You'll meet very damned few people who hold a lower opinion of politicians than I do, but I don't see it that way. They are clearly not "dog people" and probably had no real idea about how few PWDs there are. Lots of people think they can just go to their local shelter and adopt a Siberian Parrot Hound--for free. Having a kid with allergies really limits your choices.
 
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