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Friday, November 07, 2008

Celebrity Dogs and Presidential Pups

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White ChihuahuaDear readers, do you think seeing the movie Beverly Hills Chihuahua should be a job requirement for someone in my position? It’s not the type of film I would usually choose to see in the theater, but with so much adorable pet apparel apparently being featured in it, I may have trouble resisting.

The film features big stars including Drew Barrymore, Jamie Lee Curtis and George Lopez and has already grossed over $85 million. The only manufacturer who has let us know its products were featured in the film so far has been Doggie Design, but I am willing to bet there are a couple others who were involved. If anyone has information about this, please let me know.

From the moment I heard about Beverly Hills Chihuahua, I thought that it might be very good for our industry. It’s a film that’s mostly for kids (although I hear it’s fun for adults too) and I can imagine many of them coming home after watching it and thinking their own dogs look a little underdressed. Maybe it will have a positive effect on holiday revenues. For that reason, I guess we can hope it stays in the theaters at least a little bit longer.

In the realm of the real world, there was a big moment for pet lovers this week when President-elect Obama promised his daughters, Sasha and Malia, a new puppy to bring to the White House. I’m sure those little girls deserve it after the stress and separation of a campaign, and I can’t wait to see what kind of dog the Obamas choose.

Through all the political turmoil of the last few years, I have always enjoyed checking in with President Bush’s Scottish terrier, Barney. There’s another Scottie named Miss Beazley and a cat named Willie (and the late Spot Fetcher, an English springer spaniel), but it’s Barney whom I’ve seen in short films that made me laugh as much as I wondered whether my tax dollars were paying for them.

What kind of dog do you think the Obamas should bring with them to Washington? Perhaps a mixed breed rescue pup in honor of the rescue our economy is going to need? I think that would get my vote. A quick look through the list of presidential pets yields mostly purebreds, but this is a year for big changes in the White House, so there is no need to stick with tradition.

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