President-Elect Obama made a campaign promise to his daughters that he can definitely keep: A puppy! As the proud momma of two black Labrador Retriever puppies, Candi, 8 months and Rock, 7 months, I am excited for the first family-elect. Four months ago we took the plunge after years of consideration. We waited until Vashti was out of town to make the adoption. Yes, we chose to adopt over using a breeder. With all the overcrowded pet shelters, pet adoption was the best decision for us. Our decision was further solidified after our bad experience with a Rhodesian Ridgeback breeder. She put us through so many changes and we never received our puppy.
We found Rock and Candi on petfinder.com listed by a local humane society. Their profile picture was adorable. They were sharing a crate and looking ready to be scratched behind the ears.
Well, as the story goes, we walked away with them both. I could not bear to leave either behind. My husband prefered Rock because he had the Lab look. Candi was more of a mixed Lab and displayed less of the traditional characteristics. In my enthusisam for Barack Obama, I wanted to name the boy, “Barack.” Larry did not agree but suggested, “Rock” instead. It stuck. The girl was so feminine and particular about everything so we decided on “Candi” as a compliment to “Rock”. Our daughter fell in love with them. Now they are full members of our family. We sit at the dinner table and discuss them at length. We take special trips to the dog park. They are my kids.
One interesting fact I learned during the adoption process made me pause. It certainly influenced my decision to adopt them both. Apparently black (with black fur) dogs are hard to adopt and are the first ones to be euthanized. The shelter director said that my pups came from rural Georgia where black dogs have an even harder time getting adopted. They would’ve been put to sleep had she not rescued them. Wow. This boggled my mind. She didn’t come out and say that black dogs experience discrimination based on their fur color. I could put the pieces together. Black, rural, more likey to get killed. I didn’t know that racial bigotry was directed at non-humans. Oh well. Do you think the color of the Obama family dog will get any media attention? Stranger things have gotten tonuges wagging before. Let’s hope not.
Puppies of the world are on notice. One of you could be headed to the White House.