The whole world, it seems, wants to know: What kind of dog are the Obamas getting and, for goodness sake, when?
Speaking to PEOPLE at the White House recently, Michelle Obama leaned in and confided: “You’re getting some scoops here.”
So, when? In April, Mrs. Obama says – after she and the President take daughters Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, on a vacation for spring break.
Here’s a sample of a typical family conversation on the matter: “So Sasha says, ‘April 1st.’ I said, ‘April.’ She says, ‘April 1st.’ It’s, like, April!,” Mrs. Obama recalls. “Got to do it after spring break. You can’t get a new dog and then go away for a week.”
And what kind of dog will soon be frolicking on the South Lawn? Mrs. Obama says the family is looking for a rescue Portuguese Water dog who is “old enough” and a “match” for the family dynamic.
Here are some pics of a Portuguese Water Dog. I got a mutt I named Ajax when I was six who looked like a light brown version of this, and he was a great dog but a horrible pain in the rear. My parents called him “swampfoot,” because he had this unique ability to sneak off into creek and get filthy in under two minutes. He was also ornery as hell. He would not respond when you called him if he didn’t think you had visual contact, and you had the great spectacle of my parents standing in the backyard yelling “AJAX! AJAX, DAMNIT, I SEE YOU.” Then and only then would he come. My other enduring memory of Ajax is with his beard coated red with spaghetti sauce. He just loved the stuff. What a great dog.
At any rate, the kids are getting their dog soon it seems. Huzzah.