Will Patton the Goldendoodle Be the New Dog in the White House?

Posted by Amber King

Regardless of political party, every president for the past 150 years has had one thing in common: They were all pet owners.

George Washington had his faithful Coonhounds, Abraham Lincoln owned a pair of goats, and Theodore Roosevelt had a full-blown menagerie complete with bears, a hyena, and a one-legged rooster.

The Clinton's Labrador retriever, Buddy, regularly received mail from his many admirers during his time at the White House. And Bo and Sunny, the pair of Portuguese Water Dogs owned by the Obamas, are our current first pets.

two Portuguese Water Dogs sitting at a dining room table
Michelle Obama Pictures

Presidency and pets seem to go hand in hand, but President-Elect Trump's lack of political experience may not be the only characteristic that sets him apart from his predecessors. As of now, the Trump family doesn't own a pet.

But a well-known philanthropist and longtime Trump family friend, Lois Pope, is determined to change that. She's committed to animal advocacy, and her latest project seems to be getting a dog in the White House.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Pope confidently declared a Goldendoodle puppy named Patton will be the next first pet. Pope, who is currently caring for the nine-week-old pooch, brought up the pet issue to Trump in writing and shared a picture of Patton at his recent Thanksgiving event.

goldendoodle puppy
Lois Pope/Washington Post

 

She also showed the pup's picture to Trump's 10-year-old son, Barron.

"This big smile came over his face, and it just brought tears to his eyes."

More than upholding the tradition of presidential pets, Pope wants Patton to become the newest Trump family member for Barron's sake. She explained;

"It'll help with the transition. It'll take away some of the wonder and awe. I mean, can you imagine moving into the White House as a child? It's hard."

No final word has been given on Patton's adoptive status, but Pope is optimistic that the relationship will work out. She's currently working on potty training the puppy, and up next is what she calls, "hero training." Her plan is for Patton to not only be a valuable companion, but to also be a family protector.

For a pup whose namesake is George Patton, a WWII general, a position within the White House protecting the first family seems appropriate.

At the start of his first term, President Obama joked that deciding on a dog was more nerve-wracking than choosing a commerce secretary. As Trump continues to select his cabinet members, Americans impatiently wait for a final decision regarding the next first pet.

Will it be Patton the Goldendoodle, or will Trump end the tradition with a strict no-pet policy?

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Will Patton the Goldendoodle Be the New Dog in the White House?