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Michelle Obama: White House Dog In April!

In an interview with People magazine, Michelle Obama offered up with she called "some scoops" on the question on everyone's mind – when is the dog coming?

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Mrs. Obama said the first family will welcome its first canine after they go on vacation for spring break – though her daughters are trying to push up the date as much as possible.

"Got to do it after spring break," she told People's Sandra Sobieraj Westfall. "You can't get a new dog and then go away for a week."


The first lady said they are still leaning towards rescuing a Portuguese Water who is "old enough" and a good "match" for their White House lives.

"Temperamentally they're supposed to be pretty good," Mrs. Obama said. "From the size perspective, they're sort of middle of the road – it's not small, but it's not a huge dog. And the folks that we know who own them have raved about them. So that's where we're leaning."

While the breed may be decided, the name remains a point of contention in the Obama household.

"Oh, the names are really bad. I don't even want to mention it, because there are names floating around and they're bad," Mrs. Obama told People. "You listen and you go – like, I think, Frank was one of them. Frank! Moose was another one of them. Moose. I said, well, what if the dog isn't a moose? Moose. I'm like, no, come on, let's work with the names a little bit."

If you wonder at the amount of attention his decision has garnered, you are not alone.

"One of the things I didn't anticipate is the level of the excitement about the dog," Mrs. Obama said in the interview. "I knew my kids were excited. They've been excited for years. They've even calmed down, because they feel like, 'They said we're going to get one, so let's just shut up about it.' "

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