President-elect Donald Trump has been hard at work deciding who will make up his Cabinet, but there is one White House position that may be decided upon by his 10-year-old son, Barron.
That position would be that of “first pet,” and the top candidate for the spot appears to be a golden retriever/poodle “goldendoodle” mix named Patton, according to the Palm Beach Daily News.
The 9-week-old puppy was offered to Trump and his family over the Thanksgiving weekend by a decades-old friend named Lois Pope, a philanthropist and animal welfare advocate.
CBS News reported that the dog was named after the World War II-era Army Gen. George Patton, whom Trump is quite apt to mention as an American hero and the example by which other generals should be measured.
The dog is reportedly the offspring of a pair of military service “hero” dogs and would likely receive some of its own “hero” training before taking up residence in the White House, presuming of course that he is accepted by the Trumps.
When Pope showed Trump a picture of the dog while at Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort over the holiday weekend, he told her to show it to Barron, who did indeed seem pleased at the idea of having a dog.
“I’d never seen such a big smile on anyone’s face,” recalled Pope of Barron’s reaction. “It’s worth all this time and the trouble and effort putting into this for (Barron).”
“He’s going to be a perfect dog for Barron. He’s the one that I’m really doing this for,” she added. “That’s going to be quite a transition for him. He’s only 10 years old and his dad is going to be the leader of the free world.”
This certainly does sound like the perfect dog with the perfect name for both Trump and his son. Hopefully they will accept the pup into their family, as keeping a “first pet” in the White House has been something of a presidential tradition for roughly 150 years now.
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