The tradition of White House pets will be kept alive
November 6, 2008
By Catherine Elsworth in Denver
Last Updated: 7:00PM GMT 05 Nov 2008
The new First Pet will be an as yet unnamed puppy, according to the Illinois senator’s victory speech in which he thanked his family for their support and told daughters Malia, 10, and Sasha, seven: “I love you more than you can imagine, and you have earned the new puppy that’s coming with us to the White House.”
The girls, who will be the youngest residents of the White House since Amy Carter moved in aged nine in 1977, beamed at the news.
There was no word on the type of dog the Obama family will chose although Michelle Obama indicated in a television interview during the campaign they would like to adopt a rescue dog. Mr Obama had promised his children a dog whether or not he won the election.
The new First Puppy will follow in the footsteps of a long line of presidential pets dating back to George Washington, who had several dogs.
Will I be the next First Puppy?