The saga of the Obama family dog has made the entire nation forget the fact that they soon will be out of jobs, to a degree.
The new first family is committed to adopting a rescued dog; an Obama daughter has allergy problems so the process of choosing a pet has become complicated.
Now comes word that the lucky dog might just come from Houston.
The Examiner cites a brief news report from Dallas about a family up there that was trying to adopt a "Labradoodle," which frankly is a word we hope never to type again, from an unnamed Houston shelter.
They focused on two such dogs, but then were told by the shelter that one of the two could not be taken because it was possibly going to the White House.
The shelter had been asked to fax a picture of the stupidly named dog to an Obama associate entrusted with the mighty task of finding a pet.
We assume Secret Service checks are also involved, and the FBI is studying the dog's background to see if there are any suspicious activities in its past. And when you're from a breed called "Labradoodle," we're guessing the chances of suspicious activities is pretty high, if being gosh-darn cutesie-wutesie can be considered suspicious.
We obviously don't know if this is one of a handful, or a score, or hundreds of dogs who've had their headshots faxed to the powers that be.
But at least Houston is in the game, people!
-- Richard Connelly