Musings of a Dinosaur

A Family Doctor in solo private practice; I may be going the way of the dinosaur, but I'm not dead yet.

Friday, November 07, 2008

An Open Letter to President-Elect and Mrs. Obama

Dear Mr. & Mrs. Obama;

First, let me congratulate you on your momentous achievement and allow me to wish you well as you prepare to embark on what will no doubt be among the greatest challenges of your lives. (The greatest challenge, of course, is child-rearing; and the hardest part of that, as we all know, is keeping a straight face.)

I would like to offer a modest suggestion on a topic that you, Mr. Obama, broached in your uplifting acceptance speech: you mentioned that your family would be getting a dog.

Please consider adopting one of the far-too-plentiful animals available at one of the assorted animal shelters in Chicago or elsewhere. Many are abandoned pets, beautifully behaved and extremely well-trained, doomed to a life of misery or even early euthanasia due to nothing more than mere thoughtlessness. Please recognize that whatever you decide, the purebred puppy you would have purchased from a licensed breeder is certain to find a good home elsewhere. The same cannot be said for rescued animals.

As you have demonstrated numerous times on the campaign trail and in all areas of your lives, the best leadership is that of a good example. What a gift to expose your daughters to the concept of animal ownership in such a thoughtful way.

Best of luck in all your ongoing endeavors.

#1 Dinosaur


At Fri Nov 07, 10:28:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Love it! I've gotten all of my animals from a rescue (2 dogs, a cat, and a hamster).

At Fri Nov 07, 10:40:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Well said! And not only is it kind and humane, but practical as well. Granted I have a small sample size to work with, but from my experience dogs from shelters are orders of magnitude more kind, friendly, well-behaved, and fun.

At Fri Nov 07, 10:41:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A wonderful "recycling" opportunity by our president-elect and his family!

At Fri Nov 07, 11:23:00 AM, Blogger Angry Professor said...

I believe that is indeed their intention.

At Fri Nov 07, 12:00:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Michelle Obama also indicated that the dog would come from a shelter",0,7744601.story

At Fri Nov 07, 03:23:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama just said one of his daughters is allergic, so they will need to get a hypoallergenic dog (like a poodle, I guess), although he'd prefer to "get a mutt like me."

At Fri Nov 07, 10:38:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He addressed this question around the 15-15:30 mark of his first press conference.

You can skip ahead. Link. I watched the whole thing, FWTW.

At Sat Nov 08, 06:16:00 AM, Blogger Evil Transport Lady said...

Great post! I too have all rescue animals! The best pets I've ever had!

At Sat Nov 08, 06:55:00 AM, Blogger #1 Dinosaur said...

Ok, so it turns out I'm well behind the curve. Not only have the Obamas already decided to try and get a shelter dog, but there are already entire websites devoted to the topic.

Hey, at least it got this site off the top of the blog.

At Sat Nov 08, 02:27:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately pedigrees suffer much more than mutts. Their health is generally a disgrace thanks to genetically passed problems. And they suffer dumping as well and end up at the shelters.

Having said that he can get a pedigree poodle from a shelter it just won't have papers.

That solves 5 problems, 1)he has a pedigree (non hair shedder for his allergic daughter), 2) he has a rescue dog, 3) the breeder won't benefit in publicity or monetary ways from the transaction. 4) Rescue dogs will get a boost, one in particular 5)the shelter will benefit from the publicity.



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