Offensive Obama Dog
As a purebred dog owner who manages a purebred dog rescue and owns both a bred-for-show dog, a rescue dog, and all of her offspring because she came to us pregnant, I could give a crap whether the Obama family obtained their dog from a rescue or from a reputable breeder. I believe that the procurement of a family pet is a very personal decision and every family has different needs.
Of course note the term "reputable" up there. People who advertise their dogs for sale either in print or on the internet, or those who sell pets on the side of the road, are not, as a general course, what I would consider to be reputable. If they're not screening you and matching you and guaranteeing their puppy's health, then beware. If they don't have a waiting list, or if they don't work their breeding dogs in some way, whether it be in conformance or other activities, caveat emptor, I say. See the kennel, meet the breeding stock, get health guarantees. You're perpetuating a horrid industry if you don't do your due diligence.
But, on the flip side, rescue is not for everyone. If you're willing to invest some time and love, these animals are grateful and show you a different kind of devotion you never knew was possible. Unfortunately, most people are really enamored with the "idea" of rescue, but not so much the reality of it. Almost every rescue dog has some sort of health or behavioral issue that owners have to work through, and some people just aren't suited for it. And that's OK.
I am, however, stunned that the Obamas, who allegedly intended...but FORGOT...to take their dog on their vacation trip, were allowed by any breeder or rescue to have another dog. Yeah, they had the means (our taxpayer means) to have transportation to return home and retrieve him...but they FORGOT him. Whether you're boarding him, having a sitter come stay with him, or taking him with you...HOW IN THE BLOODY HELL DO YOU FORGET YOUR DOG? To me, this says more about their choices than whether they opted for breeder vs. rescue.
Oh, wait, the Obamas don't care for their dogs themselves. They have a professional, six figure salaried handler. These idiots aren't dog owners. And the fact that they've purchased a second dog to use as a political prop and toss aside when inconvenient is what I find offensive.