November 6th, 2008 5:33 pm | by KELLY CLARKE News | Posted In: Politics

UPDATE: PUPPIES ARE AWAKE! Electing the First Puppy (PLUS Addictive Puppy-Cam)


[Scroll to the bottom for live puppy-cam action!]
Amid the host of historic statements made during President-elect Barack Obama's acceptance speech last night, one sentence rang out above the rest:

"I love you both more than you can imagine," Obama told his daughters, Sasha and Malia. "You have earned the new puppy that's coming with us to the White House."

Which, of course, raises the question, what kind of puppy? The great canine debate has already started online, but luckily, the Oregon Humane Society is around to settle these kind of pressing matters of state once and for all.

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.

The lucky Oregon pup?

Kendall, a six-month old Labrador mix.


"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."

Find your own presidential pooch at by using the Oregon Humane Society's pet finder. And remember, older dogs need love too. Even John McCain.

Psst: If we haven't sated your daily puppy fix yet, there's always live streaming puppy cam... Warning: It's addictive.

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