During his victory speech on Tuesday night, Obama announced that his first order of family business would be to fulfill his campaign promise of getting his daughters a puppy. Michelle Obama has told reporters that the family would adopt a rescue dog from a shelter. It has also mentioned that the dog needs to be hypoallergenic due to Malia’s allergies.
Well, we were thinking the term puppy can be used rather loosely and we would like to respectfully submit this suggestion to President Elect and Mrs. Obama:
Top Ten reasons the Obamas should consider adopting a greyhound:
- They look as stately as the new president and first lady
- They will comport themselves with dignity at state functions
- They won’t bark during press conferences
- They will stand quietly for photo shoots
- They will happily spend their time sleeping while Malia and Sasha are in school
- They are the ultimate in promoting recycling: these one-time racing dogs make perfect pets
- America is a place where all things are possible and greyhounds survive–and thrive–against impossible odds, becoming loving pets and flyball champions and couch potatoes
- They are the living embodiment of peace and serenity
- Among our ideals–democracy, liberty, opportunity, and unyielding hope–greyhounds demonstrate the ability, the unyielding hope, for a new and better life.
- Whether you get a labradoodle or some other dog, greyhounds make great second dogs. . . .
Yes We Can–put a greyhound in the White House!
(There are no red greyhounds; there are no blue greyhounds–except red fawn dogs and blue dogs–but in the end, there are only good greyhounds, united in an America willing to find them homes.)
Thanks to our friendsYvonne Zipter for writing this list for us and to The Grillo Group for designing the awesome poster!
In the spirit of the recent election and in the hopes of spreading the word about our idea, we have decided to offer the above image as a FREE download-able 18×24″ poster!
Print it out, paste it up and help us put a greyhound in The White House!
Our greyhound “nomination” for the FIRST (or second FIRST) DOG would be Lee. He is being re-homed through Greyhounds Only in Chicago, IL.
Finalist in the 2006 Dubuque Future Star Stakes
Fourth in the Derby Lane Million
Lee is a stunningly handsome boy, who is 100% Irish born and bred. He came to the U.S. to become a top racer, and he has now entered retirement with grace and a great deal of style — he could go anywhere and fit in well. He is very smart, curious and attentive, and is highly responsive in any situation, because he is very connected to his people. Lee is really good at leash walking, and a wonderful traveler. In the van on the way to the vet’s office he did a perfect “sit”, and upon being praised for such a good “sit”, he got up and kissed the driver as if to say “thanks” ! He was perfectly behaved in the crowded vet’s office, ears up, and tail wagging to greet other dogs of all sizes to see if they were friends, all the while doing the greyhound lean and enjoying ear scritches. Lee is very intelligent, engaged, and interested, but willing to go with the flow: a perfect companion. We’re big fans of this Irish charmer? You will be too!
Feel free to have your rescue group submit their own recommendations for a greyhound who might be a good choice for the Obamas and post your suggestions here in the comments section!