abstract: BREAKING WORLD NEWS… The promised US presidential pooch has been picked, US media reports say. The soon-to-be “First Puppy” is a six-month-old black and white Portuguese water dog that Mr. Obama’s daughters have named Bo, The Washington Post reports. Churchill had Rufus, the Queen of England has her corgis, now America has Bo.
Why are we so in love with our dogs? What do we find so fascinating about something that slobbers, eats us out of house and home and requires us to pick up after it? And what encourages us to write about them?