The president of the Winnipeg Humane Society recently wrote to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to tell him he has a rescued Labradoodle puppy available to give to President Obama and his family. Obama said recently that he has narrowed the dog choice down to two breeds, Labradoodle and Portuguese Water Dog and that he would prefer to get a shelter dog.
While sceptics have argued that those breeds show up at the pound only rarely, the Winnipeg Humane Society rescued 55 dogs, including a pregnant Labradoodle, in a December bust of a Manitoba puppy mill. Within days, the black and white Labradoodle named Lily gave birth to seven black and four blond pups.
According to Canada’s national newspaper, the Globe and Mail, when Humane Society president Bill McDonald heard Obama’s comments about preferred dog breeds, he felt the stars aligning.
“It really just started to click for me,” he told the newspaper. “And when it was announced that his first state visit would be to Canada, I thought why not offer a Labradoodle as a gift?”
To make his point, Mr. McDonald wrote a letter last week outlining the proposition to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Within 24 hours, he got a reply saying that his letter had been passed on to Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon.
“My sense is that there is now some policy wonk looking the matter, and checking to see if a live animal gift would be appropriate,” Mr. McDonald said.
The Scottish Terrier and Dog News, however, sees a few obstacles. First off, the puppy is called Blackie, which may not be suitable. And second, he is a serious chewer and we wouldn’t want a “Blame Canada” situation if he eats up some of Michelle’s fancy Jimmy Choo shoes or, worse yet, shreds the code for that special phone.
This is the kind of situation that could easily go either way, endearing or alienating Canada forever to the Obamas depending on Blackie’s character. Paging John Grogan.
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