Congratulations on your new doggie, Obama family!
There was a lot of chatter today at the dog park about the new First Puppy, 'Bo'. Why didn't the Obamas adopt from a shelter? Why didn't they choose a mutt? Is Bo really a rescue? Are Portugese Water Dogs really hypoallergenic? How will the President's pooch impact the Portugese Water Dog breed?
Speaking as a recycled K9, I get it. It'd be great if the President of Hope and Change would lead the nation down to the local SPCA. So, that's not exactly what happened. The Obamas are just one family. Bo is just one dog. Let's move on.
Here's what YOU can do:
If you're already the proud companion of a rescued or "recycled" dog, share his story. Let world just how great a "used" dog can be! Help people understand the benefits of adopting an adult dog or older puppy. Spread the word about local rescue groups and sites like petfinder.com or the AKC purebred rescue directory.
If you have your heart set on a hard-to-find purebred and don't have a local breed rescue, consider adopting an adult or adolescent dog from a responsible breeder. Responsible breeders will take a dog back if things don't work out with their new owner (as may have been the case with Bo Obama). Though not exactly homeless, these Adult dogs are harder to place than puppies and still need to find a loving, forever home. You can contact local dog breed clubs and ask if they know anyone looking to place a dog.
PS: Brother Dutch & I are both "recycled" and my human says we are absolutely perfect.