Thursday, February 26, 2009
It's odd that a man who can transform the world to make it wonderful would make such a dumb choice for a dog. As a rule a thumb, when a breed is described as say, "a little hard to handle" or "requiring a firm hand," that means something closer to impossible to train, insane, and dangerous around children. You get the idea. People who love a breed always downplay its faults. The Obamas have never owned a dog. They are novice dog owners. So they go directly to a really difficult breed, and a rescue dog at that? Really dumb. People who rescue dogs are doing a very humane thing and are to be commended. But there is often a reason that a dog has to be rescued. It's a lemon dog. It might be a great dog, but often it has some problem, often temperamental, that caused it to be abandoned. So to pick a rescue dog from a very challenging breed, for your and your kids' first dog -- that's a recipe for doggy disaster. I predict what will happen is that this dog will end up being mostly taken care of by the Secret Service and other handlers, it will never be properly trained, and make occassional appearances. After a while he will disappear from public view because his behavior will be embarrassing. Much as I hate to say it, a Labradoodle would be a much better choice. Or a Wheaton Terrier, also challenging, but not as bad as a PWD. Remember the Clinton's Lab? They never trained it and never provided the proper containment when they moved to New York. It promptly ran out into the road, was struck by a car, and killed. Say what you will about the Bushes. At least they cared for their dogs.
And it's all so unnecessary. Training dogs is exactly like getting votes. You just teach the dog that if he wants little treats, he has to do what he's told. He's sits; little treat. It's just earmarking on a smaller scale.