Thursday, April 23, 2009

The White House First Family Welcomes a new member

The new "member" to the First Family as we all know by now is "Bo" a Portuguese Water Dog. He's cute. But what do we really know about this unusual breed. How did it get here from Portugal? And is it the right choice for our "National Dog"? Well while the Lame Stream Media is yet again falling over each other kissing the boots of our President; I will give you some links to look over and decide for yourselfs. Starting with this one. Yea, I know the UncooperativeRadio Show host hates when I use this site. Bite me my love.

From Wikipedia:

The Portuguese Water Dog, colloquially known as a Portie or PWD, is a working or utility dog that does best when he has a job to do. Portuguese Water Dogs once existed all along Portugal's coast, where they were taught to herd fish into fishermen's nets, to retrieve lost tackle or broken nets, and to act as couriers from ship to ship, or ship to shore. Portuguese Water Dogs rode in bobbing fishing trawlers as they worked their way from the cold Atlantic waters of Portugal to the frigid fishing waters off the coast of Iceland where the fleets caught cod to bring home.[1]

In Portugal, the breed is called Cão d'Água (pronounced Kown-d'Ahgwa; literally "water dog"). In its native land, the dog is also known as the Portuguese Fishing Dog (Cão Pescador Português). Cão de Água de Pêlo Ondulado is the name given the wavy-haired variety, and Cão de Água de Pêlo Encaracolado is the name for the curly-coated variety.[2]

The Portuguese Water Dog is a fairly rare breed; only 15 entrants for Portuguese Water Dogs were made to England's Crufts competition in 2002. Though some breeders claim they are a hypoallergenic dog breed, there is no scientific evidence to support this claim.[3][4][not in citation given] However, their non-shedding qualities have made them more popular in recent years.


And did you know this?:::

From The Miami Herald:

''PWDs,'' which can reach 60 pounds, are rare in the United States; the American Kennel Club registered 1,500 last year, compared to 100,000 Labrador retrievers, the nation's most popular dog.

They're especially unusual in South Florida, probably because ''they're black and it's hot,'' said Stu Freeman, Connecticut-based president of the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America. He estimated only 100 PWDs are owned throughout Florida.

And that's probably just as well, given that ``things swimming in the water there might eat them.''

At least three PWDs live in Miami Beach -- all cousins. Two belong to computer consultant David Crabtree and his wife, Bonnie, an executive.

David Crabtree first learned of the breed in a story about the San Francisco Giants' Baseball Aquatic Retrieval Korps (B.A.R.K.), a squad of PWDs that fetched baseballs hit over the Pacific Bell Stadium walls into San Francisco Bay.


And if you want to know more; go here:

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So this is a wonder non-shedding dog, will it become "Bolt". I am impressed with the dog. Much more than the owners,(considering his "100, reign of breaking down the "Constitution" days", more on that on our radio show)any hoo, hey where did "Cindy Loo Hoo Go"???? Ok, back. Oh wait, her man got elected, n'ough said....

Brian and I want to start a betting pool: How long will it take the new White House Dog "Bo" to kill itself. Yes, it sounds harsh. But how many dogs did the Clilnton's go through? Two, three. No I think it was just two. Two by "car". If you guys want us to start this betting pool lets us know.

Now this is a "water dog". Brian says "by car". I say by ",Potomac River.
If you don't know how close he is to that body of water research it:
From Wikipedia: Potomac River
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