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Update on the vice presidential puppy front

In Animal News on December 22, 2008 at 3:20 pm

Vice President-elect Joe Biden has not only beaten Barack Obama to the puppy punch, but says he is planning on adding another dog to his family once he moves into his new home next month. The newest member of the Biden clan will come from a shelter, according to Biden in an interview aired Dec. 21 on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Biden purchased a 6-week-old German Shepherd from a Chester County breeder on Dec. 6, igniting considerable controversy among shelter and rescue advocates.

Biden confessed his partiality for German Shepherds, saying “I’ve had German Shepherds since I was a kid, and I’ve actually trained them and shown them in the past. So I wanted a German Shepherd.” The Bidens plan to adopt a Golden Retriever as a companion for the German Shepherd, who has yet to be named.

Volunteers with Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue as well as Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States, have voiced their enthusiasm for Biden’s latest decision on the puppy front. The vice president-elect has not mentioned whether he has identified a particular shelter. He will, however, have to undergo the same rigorous vetting process as any other potential pet guardian before an adoption can take place.

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