Presidential Candidates and Their Dogs
Author says dog choice speaks to White House hopefuls’ leadership styles.
Posted: August 24, 2007, 5 a.m. EDT
Dr. Karen Halligan, author of “Doc Halligan’s What Every Pet Owner Should Know: Prescriptions for Happy, Healthy Cats and Dogs,” says that choosing the right dog for your lifestyle is the first, most crucial step to becoming a responsible dog owner.
According to Halligan, the choices of pets that the 2008 presidential candidates have made say a lot about their choices and the decisions on how they would run this country and their currently lifestyle choices.
Former North Carolina Senator John Edwards and New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton both own Labrador Retrievers, which the American Kennel Club calls the ideal dog. The Lab reflects their focus on their families and social consciousness through their political choices and their choice of pet, Halligan says.
In addition to dogs, Arizona Senator John McCain and Kansas Senator Sam Brownback own cats, fish, turtles, and various other types of pets. Just as they are busy with all of these pets, McCain and Brownback are also accustomed to handling the needs of many and skilled at multitasking.
Ohio Representative Dennis Kucinich is the proud owner of three former shelter dogs -- Harry, Lucie, and George. Rescuing all three of his dogs shows that Kucinich feels a responsibility for others and holds a strong view on global warming, Halligan concludes.
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