According to Barbara Baugnon, OHS' marketing/communication director, the nonprofit uses breed attributes to match dogs at its shelters with owners. The Obamas want a puppy, so she searched for a dog under six months that "matches the family's temperament." Baugnon guessed "easy going, affectionate, may be good with children and good with cats," were safe bets.
"She is a very intelligent dog who seems to be aware of people's emotions, " her webpage touts. "Kendall is easy to please and seems to get along well with everyone she has met. Her ideal home would be one with plenty of training, exercise, and positive reinforcement."
What dog is more perfect for the typical American family than a mutt? Just in case the First Family is thinking of choosing a dog from a shelter closer to D.C., Kendall's available for Oregonians now, for an adoption fee of $250.
Any breeds the Obamas should steer clear of? "A Scottie, " Bagnon says immediately. "That's George Bush's dog. They're barky."