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Palm Beach Woman Applauds President's Choice of Pet

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 By Al Pefley email

Palm Beach, FL (WFLX)

They're the love of her life. Nelson and Sophie. For Doris Caldwell of Palm Beach, these two Portuguese water dogs are like her kids.

Caldwell says she's glad President Obama and his family have decided on a Portuguese water dog as their pet. "I think their strongest trait is they're always happy. Always up. They're always ready for any outing. Ready to go whenever you are," Caldwell said.

She believes the President and first lady and their girls have made a smart choice. But she says, they need to know what they're in for.

"They're high-maintenance dogs," Caldwell explained.  She should know. Over the past 20 years, she's had five of them.

These dogs aren't happy sitting still for very long. They need a lot of exercise. In fact, they need a couple of hours exercise outdoors every day to keep them happy.   They also go for a daily swim in the ocean, typically for at least an hour.

She says Portuguese water dogs are high-energy and high-maintenance.  Besides exercise, they need regular grooming beause of their curly hair and  they need lots of attention.  "It's not the kind of dog that should be alone for very long," Caldwell said.

She feeds hers raw buffalo meat, organic ground beef, cooked fish, and raw vegetables such as broccoli and lettuce. They also love apples and watermelon. Oh, and no tap water for these two. They prefer bottled water. 

There's only one problem, she says, with a Portuguese water dog in the White House. She fears once the President gets one, then lots of people will get them because it will be in vogue to have one, and a lot of Portuguese water dogs could  end up in shelters, unwanted, after their owners realize how much time they require.

What would she tell the President and first lady?

"You better not want to spend too many mornings sleeping in," she told us with a chuckle.

The first family she says, will always be hopping with a dog like this in the White House.  

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