About your new dog, Mr. President

Mon Apr 13, 2009 2:52pm EDT
 
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By Michael Conlon

CHICAGO (Reuters Life!) - A note for President Obama: Some things they might not have told you about your new Portuguese Water Dog.

My family has owned one for three years, and they have this lust for paper. Ask anyone who has one.

Bo, the black-and-white, curly-haired Porty Senator Edward Kennedy is giving to your daughters Sasha and Malia won't arrive at the White House until Tuesday so before he comes:

- Don't leave that original copy of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address at the corner of your desk unless you want to find it later on the White House lawn wrapped in easily spotted droppings.

- If a pocket veto really means sticking the bill in your pocket, he'll nose it out of there like a subway thief. Of course you can always tell Congress the dog ate their bill.

- We hope you don't use paper napkins at state dinners; the dog will remove them from guests' laps quietly and efficiently, including that nuclear disarmament note you thought the North Korean envoy slipped you scribbled on a cocktail serviette.

Forgive the exaggeration but our Porty, Lucia, will choose a crumpled paper towel over a piece of meat when both are left on the table. Dinner guests are amused.

Cardboard toilet paper spools left in the bathroom waste can are prized snacks.   Continued...

 
<p>Bo, a six-month old male Portuguese water dog, is seen in this White House photograph released April 12, 2009. REUTERS/Pete Souza-The White House/Handout</p>