Dear Mr. President:
Let me congratulate you on your new position as president of the United States of America. I’m The Dude, a beagle/basset mix in San Francisco, California, and I don’t know much about red states or blue states – heck, they wouldn’t even let me vote. But I do know this is a great place to live if you’re a dog.
My guardians adopted me from a rescue organization that brought me over to the States from Taiwan, one of the worst places in the world to be a stray, since most of them get euthanized. I got a second chance at life coming to this great nation of plenty, but I hear there are lots of dogs that live here who need good homes, too.
You and your family will be terrific dog guardians, and that puppy you promised your girls will be one lucky pooch living it up in the White House. I just ask you to consider adopting a dog from a shelter or rescue organization, to be an example for America to see they don’t need to get a fancy, expensive dog from a breeder or a pet store filled with products of puppy mills, when there’s plenty of perfectly good puppies who have been abandoned and need a leg up. Petfinder.com or your local SPCA are both great places to start looking. My parents found me on craigslist where my Wonder Dog Rescue foster mom had posted a listing about me.
Happy puppy hunting, and good luck to you in your new job. I hear you’ve got your work cut out for you, but I think you’ll do great. Maybe someday I can come visit your family and the First Dog. I’ll be howling your praises over here on the West Coast.
As translated by his guardian, Cassy Lee
If you would like to send Obama congratulations or a compelling argument that his new puppy should be from a pound, write to:
P.O. Box 8102
Chicago, IL 60680
or send an email through the new Obama/Biden site, www.change.gov.