VP Joe Biden has a German Shepherd puppy, so he knows all about house-training dogs. He told this joke last weekend at the annual Gridiron Club dinner in Washington, which we had to share with you. And we hope President Obama and the First Family reads it, too:
“I understand these are dark days for the newspaper business,” Biden told his audience, “but I hate it when people say that newspapers are obsolete. That's totally untrue. I know from firsthand experience. I recently got a puppy, and you can't housebreak a puppy on the Internet."
Though it's already been announced that Sasha and Malia will be picking up after the new first dog, first lady Michelle Obama has demonstrated she's not afraid to get her hands dirty. Last week, with the help of her daughters and local fifth graders, she broke ground for a new White House garden.
While not every dog is a digger, the rule seems to be, the more elaborate the garden, the more interested the dog is. So, two things the Obamas should keep in mind:
1. Set boundaries right away. It's not difficult to train a dog to stay out of the garden, provided he hasn't already made it his favorite play area.
2. Some fertilizers and lawn treatments are harmful to dogs. Read before you seed!
Do you think it’s possible that Malia and Sasha Obama won’t be satisfied with just a dog?
We doubt it. The anticipation for a new pooch has been so high for so long, we’re guessing the First Kids will love and indulge their new pet without giving thought to adding any more.
But Joanna Molloy, a columnist for the New York Daily News, believes it’s just the beginning. Once they get a dog, Malia and Sasha will want a cat and then maybe a frog or a hamster – and then there’s no end to it.
“Mr. President,” she writes, “may I respectfully warn you that this could be just the beginning. Your adorable children may soon convince you that once they've gotten that first paw in the White House door, claws, talons and flippers will follow.”
We doubt it. But another Obama dog? Now that’s possible.
But the president played it for laughs. In case you missed it, when Leno inquired how soon the First Family would add a dog to the White House, Obama smiled and said, "Listen, this is Washington. That was a campaign promise."
OK, he was only kidding. "I'm teasing," he added. "The dog will be there shortly. We have been laying the groundwork. I've got to go to the NATO summit. When I get back, the dog will be in place."
Then Leno asked, "It's what, a Portuguese water head?"
"That sounds like a scary dog," Obama answered. "Sort of dripping around the house."
"I don't know what it is," Leno complained.
Clearly, he doesn't (psst, Jay, it's a Portuguese Water Dog). But for the rest of us who have been anxiously awaiting a new dog, it's apparent the day is getting closer.
A couple of months ago, we told you about Adopt-a-Pet.com, which is selling 400 signed and numbered screened prints of artist Shepard Fairey’s “Adopt” poster. We happened to run across it again the other day since it was used in a recent edition of Dog’s Life magazine – and since it looks so cool, we wanted to publish it one more time.
The print is done in the same style as Fairey’s popular (and collectible) “Hope” portrait of President Obama, which was seen frequently during the campaign. The “Adopt” print sells for $200, plus shipping and handling, and proceeds help raise awareness of the importance of rescuing pets. The image is also available on T-shirts, hoodies and stickers for your car, notebook or cell phone.
*UPDATE: The first run of the print is sold out, but other merchandise is still available.