And Now For The Important News of the Day

Puppy incoming:

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.


I am headed to dinner with a friend, so here are some pet pics and a clean thread for you. First, a snapshot of Tunch from about five minutes ago:

And now some of your kids:

Claim your kids.

Two quick things, though. I was watching the Dog Show again last night, and even though I love Jack Russell’s, I have decided I just like bigger dogs. I loved the standard and giant schnauzer in the show (was Spirit something, or what?), I always like Boxers (I just love how emotional they are), and having had a friend with a mastiff, I just adore them. Sadie the Mastiff was the sweetest dog ever, although a total pain in the rear end to sleep with.

Second, I gave Tunch wet food this morning (some high protein low carb stuff by Wellness), and he made a liar out of me. He inhaled it. I swear he has always turned up his nose at it before. I guess I might make the transition to wet food. We need shots, so maybe I will get him on that M/D stuff.

Kinda Burnt Out

In case you haven’t noticed, I am kind of burnt out and have been slacking. Too much going on and too much to do, plus kind of blogged out after the inaugural burst. At any rate, pets:

Remember that awesome video a while back of the dog on the water slide while the owner was away? I also really like cats that look like lions, for whatever reason. I also almost forgot, I am thinking about adopting a 3 year old cat who needs a home. He has been de-clawed (something I would never do), so I think I will wait awhile since I know those probably go pretty quick, and I will just pick up someone else if he is not around in a week.

PS- No, I don’t have an opinion about the stupid damned NY Post chimpanzee cartoon. I simply don’t care. Don’t buy the NY Post if it pisses you off.

Time For Something Positive

Ton of pet pics coming in, and we have reached the point that posting a pet pic is sort of like that Star Trek episode called “The Trouble with Tribbles.” I posted three pics last night, thinking I had whittled down the stack of 60 or so to go, and then I checked my email this morning and 14 more pics came in. For thoe of you wondering where your pet is, I will get to it. At any rate, some more:

As always, claim your pets in the comments. Have a good one, I will be back later.

Open Thread

I have been slacking on the pet photos, and they are starting to stack up, so here are a few:

Claim your pets.

Saturday Morning Open Thread

Let’s start the day with some pictures:

Claim your pets.

Apparently, Everyone Was Wrong

Because this old dog has some new tricks:

At 10 years old, Stump the Sussex spaniel should be well into his dotage. Instead, the dog who technically retired four years ago took home Best in Show on Tuesday at the 133rd Annual Westminster Kennel Club show at Madison Square Garden, becoming the oldest to win the award.

Stump, officially named Ch. Clussexx Three D Grinchy Glee, might have surprised aficionados, who had their eye on a giant schnauzer, but the crowd clearly preferred the jaunty spaniel. Stump was greeted with deafening applause each time he plodded around the ring.

It was the first time that a Sussex spaniel won the top prize, although the breed, which originated as a hunting companion in England, was among the first to be recognized by the American Kennel Club.

Judge Sari Brewster Tietjen said she made her decision at the last minute.

“I didn’t know who he was or how old he was,” Tietjen said. “He’s just everything that you’d want in the breed, and I couldn’t say no to him.”

Stump won the sporting group at Westminster in 2004, but in early 2005 fell seriously ill with an undetermined sickness, said Scott Sommer, Stump’s handler and an owner along with Cecilia Ruggles and Beth Dowd.

Stump eventually returned to health, and by last year he was looking quite good. Still, Sommer said he was not sure until last Wednesday that he would definitely show Stump at Westminster.

What a great story.