UPDATE 4/11/09: Word on the street is that the Obamas' new dog (a Portuguese water dog, the wags tell us) is arriving this week! I first posted about the White House dog (and how to green it) in January. Here's a quick recap:
God bless America; a country that allows a critically panned film about a pet, Marley & Me, to rule the box office for three straight weeks; a country that waits with baited breath over the Obama family’s choice of breed (Portuguese water dog or Labradoodle?) for First Pooch; a country where it's probable that the family dog can have a health insurance plan while its masters go without; a country that has obviously gone to the dogs.
Now that we have the Presidential dog breed situation squared away, what's next? Dog bedding, naturally! Here are a few humble suggestions for the First (or any) family:
Trixie + Peanut’s super stylin’, super-soft pet bed comes in three sizes and four different colors. The machine-washable outer slipcover and inner pillow is made from recycled post-consumer plastics; the pillow is stuffed with hypoallergenic “green fiber” filling.
This “fetching” toile print dog bed from Harry Barker (one of many designs) is available in three sizes and five different colors. The machine-washable slipcovers are 100 percent cotton and are azo-free dyed. The beds are stuffed with hypoallergenic filling made from recycled post-consumer plastics.
Earthdog's line of dog beds come in four whimsical designs/colors: Classic, Paw (pictured), Mystical, and Oh Head. The outer shells of each bed are hand-painted and dyed and are constructed from hemp canvas. The padding inside is recycled poly-cotton and foam diverted from landfills. Ten percent of Earthdog's profits are donated to Kody's Fund, a nonprofit group that supports spay/neuter programs.
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> My recommendation for a green dog house for the White House. Although I don't want to get into Ellen's way:
Plus, check back on my blog on Friday ... when I tell you how legendary musician Neil Young is involved with the new White House dog.