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Let's hope Washington goes to the dogs

WFAE commentator Elizabeth Richardson hspace=4
WFAE commentator Elizabeth Richardson hspace=4

On Christmas morning, Joe Biden's granddaughters named his German Shepherd puppy "Champ." And Champ is not the only dog coming to Washington. The Bidens plan to adopt a pound pup too, probably a Golden Retriever. President-elect Obama promised his daughters they can have a puppy in the White House. Has Washington gone to the dogs? I hope so. Last November, the weekend after the election, I drove to Huntersville to watch sheepdog trials. Border Collies run with lightning speed up a hill to herd sheep across a field, through gates and into a pen. Border Collies are my role models. They are intelligent, fast, and dedicated to their work. We need Border Collies in Washington. They can root out fat cats on Capitol Hill. They can herd even the toughest legislation through Congress. Border Collies are so smart that they can probably read the entire federal budget. Why not add Beagles? Their sense of smell is so keen they can find cancer on a person's skin. I bet Beagles can sniff out every shred of pork hidden in pieces of legislation. If a Beagle can't smell the pork, I guarantee you a Labrador Retriever will find it. Labs can detect a crumb in your pocket and make you smile with their antics. With all the crushing issues facing President-elect Obama, the one I hear discussed most is this: What breed of puppy should the Obama family get? I just hope they get a rescue dog, no matter the breed. The President is going to be busy leading the rescue of banks and consumers. I hope he will get off to a good start by rescuing a dog. As for the breed, I have a solution that will make every person in the United States happy. The Obama family needs a dog like my Peaches. She is such a mixture that even DNA testing could not determine a dominant breed. Test results describe Peaches as a unique mixed breed dog. Someone meets Peaches and asks, "Is she a Collie?" Yes. Another person says, "I think she's part German Shepherd." You're right. If the Obamas pick a dog like Peaches, they will have a Collie Shepherd Pointer Terrier Retriever with a few other breeds for good measure. Everyone will be delighted with their choice. And when was the last time a President made everyone happy? All our leaders need to adopt dogs' traits - good will, loyalty, dedication. Dogs make us happy, and they bring people together. Can dogs reach across the aisle and unite Democrats and Republicans? You betcha. Forget elephants and donkeys. Let's hope Washington continues to go to the dogs.