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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Presidential Dogs 101: Yesterday, Today and Joe Biden's Tomorrow

Cable news bombarded me with Bo this morning. He may as well have had his front paws up on my work clothes.

And the fanfare over his White House lawn debut continued into the evening, when I learned the first family's newest edition arrived in their lives housebroken and neutered. (No fair.)

But the story of the day, at least for me, was one less played -- about Vice President Joe Biden's German Shepherd, the breeder who received death threats over his purchase, and Biden's plan to make his next dog a shelter or pound animal.

If this presidential dog story is your thing, here are some links to learn more (and I clearly couldn't have been more bipartisan in these selections if I'd tried):

Chaos erupts as Obama's dog Bo arrives at White House (The Christian Science Monitor)

Biden Second Puppy Coming From Pound (The Huffington Post)

Biden puppy haunts breeder (CNN)

George Washington: President, General and Dog Breeder (Psychology Today)

American Presidents' Dogs (

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