As one fiercely contested election race cools down, another one has just begun. And the contenders are barking mad—mainly because they are dogs! Barack Obama famously promised his two daughters, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, a puppy regardless of the outcome of the presidential race. But it seems the race for the white house has become a bit more complicated than originally thought. Malia is allergic to dogs, but Obama wants to remain committed to his vision of adopting, "Our preference would be to get a shelter dog, but, obviously, a lot of shelter dogs are mutts like me," he stated at his press conference last Friday in reference to the fact that it may be difficult to find a hypoallergenic mutt.
So, we have clearly reached an impasse in what is guaranteed to be one of Obama's most important first decisions as President Elect. Enter Orejas, a hairless Peruvian puppy who just may come to the rescue! The head of Peru's Friends of the Hairless Dog Association, Claudia Galvez, has suggested that one of her pure bred puppies would make the perfect companion for the Obama family and is willing to send the 4 month old puppy to the United States free of charge. "They do not cause any type of allergy and are very friendly and sweet," Ms. Galvez told Reuters.
Orejas would also carry a proud tradition of Latino heritage thousands of years old with him if selected to be the first pet. The Hairless Dog, or Viringo breed, is believed to date back some three millennium and drawings of the breed can be found in ancient Incan ceramics.