WASHINGTON (Feb. 25) – This isn't just another wag-the-tail story: The Obamas are getting a dog in April and are looking for a rescue Portuguese Water Dog.
First lady Michelle Obama tells People magazine that the target date for the arrival of the family pet is after her daughters' spring break trip in April, though 7-year-old Sasha is convinced the dog is coming April 1.
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The Next Presidential Pooch?
It's probably been generating more interest than any Cabinet-level appointment. Now, the nation may finally know which kind of dog the Obamas are getting. In an interview with People magazine, first lady Michelle Obama said her family is likely to get a Portuguese water dog, similar to the one shown, in April.
"So Sasha says 'April 1st.' I said, 'April.' She says, 'April 1st.' It's like, April!" said Mrs. Obama.
The Obama girls — Sasha and 10-year-old Malia — attend the private Sidwell Friends school, which has spring break March 20-29 and a day off for students on April 13.
The family wants a rescue Portuguese Water Dog who is the appropriate age and match.
"Temperamentally they're supposed to be pretty good," Mrs. Obama said. "From the size perspective, they're sort of middle of the road — it's not small, but it's not a huge dog. And the folks that we know who own them have raved about them. So that's where we're leaning."
The first couple and their daughters have been going back and forth on possible names. Among the two Mrs. Obama mentioned — and nixed — were Frank and Moose.