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04-13-2009, 06:25 PM
Kennedy Endorses Water Dog For Obama Family

numSlides of totalImages Related Slideshows Smartest And Dumbest Dog Breeds Boston's Most Popular Dog Breeds Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds Senator Ted Kennedy made an important political endorsement Tuesday. Massachusetts' Senior Senator endorsed the Portugese water dog as the perfect pet for the nation's new first family.

President-elect Barack Obama made a very public promise to daughters Sasha and Malia the night he was elected. "You have earned the puppy that is coming with us to the White House," he said during his speech.

Ever since, speculation has abounded on what type of dog the first family would choose. The Obama's have said they need a dog that is hypoallergenic, because daughter Malia has allergies.

"A Portuguese water dog is the perfect choice for first dog," Kennedy said in a written statement. "The Obama girls -- and their parents -- will love a Portuguese water dog. They're loyal, smart, loving and they became a real part of the family. And they definitely do not shed."

Senator Kennedy and wife Vicki have three Portugese water dogs of their own. Sunny and Splash often accompany Kennedy to the Senate. "They love being around people and being part of the action," he said.

The Kennedy's just added a third Portuguese water dog to the family, a puppy named Captains Courageous or Cappy for short.

"I am proud to endorse the Portuguese water dog as the next First Dog of the United States," Senator Kennedy said. "They have a can do and hopeful spirit. They are smart. They are resilient. They are determined. They are optimistic. And they are tireless. Sounds like a perfect fit for the Obama Family and the Obama Administration." http://wbztv.com/watercooler/obama.family.dog.2.906743.html