Thursday, January 15, 2009

Marley and Me - the Movie
Wednesday January 14, 2009
After thoroughly enjoying the book, I finally went to see the movie Marley & Me. This film was a big hit at the box office and quite popular among many dog lovers. I case you don't already know about it, Marley & Me is the story of a family and their rather out-of control Labrador Retriever. From hilarious capers to tragically sad moments, the story sums up what many dog owners experience - especially when they take their first try at dog ownership.After last year's presidential election, Barack Obama announced that his family would be getting a dog after the inauguration. Since then, many have speculated about the right breed for the job. Sunday, Obama told George Stephanopoulos on ABC's This Week that they have narrowed their choice down to the Portuguese Water Dog or the Labradoodle. Both are low-shedding dogs thought to be hypoallergenic, a must because of Malia's allergies.Portuguese Water Dogs are medium-sized, curly-haired dogs that are intelligent, energetic and robust. PWDs are hard workers, wonderful swimmers and loyal companions. This breed is thought to be historically related to the Poodle and tends to get along very well with kids.Labradoodles are developed by crossing Labrador Retrievers and Standard Poodles. The result is a hybrid dog that takes on the qualities of both breeds. Labradoodles are lively, affectionate and smart dogs with wavy or wiry medium-length hair. This breed makes a wonderful dog for children.The best news of all is that the Obama family has decided to get their new dog from an animal shelter or rescue group. This is a wonderful example to set for potential dog owners - especially in today's troubled times, when so many pets are being abandoned. However, I think they are more likely to find a Labradoodle in a shelter than a PWD. In addition, the majority of polls out there show that people really seem to be pulling for the Labradoodle. What breed do you want them to choose? Vote in the poll and leave your comments!The Boston Terrier is a cheerful little dog! Smart, loyal and even-tempered, the breed is a true pleasure to be around. The Boston Terrier is one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States. That's no surprise, because this breed makes a great companion.
Did you know that the Boston Terrier is a true all-American dog breed? The breed originates from the crossing of an English Bulldog with a white English Terrier. The result was a dog that would eventually become known as the Boston Terrier - named for the city in which it was created.