It's almost like an out-of-body experience in that I'm feeling more like an observer than a participant about the upcoming inauguration and what kind of dog will live in the White House. Somewhere someone is making a list of all of the campaign promises and statements made over the last couple of years that have already been broken. The most recent? The one that was going to give a $3000 credit to businesses who either saved a job or hired a new employee--yep! Bit the dust last night. Did I get upset? Not really, it just became another item on the list.
And speaking of the number $3000 it reminds me that the Obamas are down to choosing between two breeds: a Lab/poodle mix or a Portuguese water dog. Well, talk about snob appeal. A few years ago when all the kids had grown up and left home we faced the fact that we could not provide the frenetic type exercise some breeds demand and were also looking to change from boxers (real good kid dogs) to a pet not quite so demanding. So we went to a dog show and talked to a lot of people, one of whom had a water dog which was very new to this country at the time. Guess what? The low end cost started at $3000, which of course we could not afford. At that point we started adopting labs and bouviers from rescue organizations, but that's another story.
Anyway, probably some wealthy benefactor will see to it that the Obamas get a dog worthy of living in a White House in DC. That will be good for the breeders, but I hope puppy mills don't start churning them out.