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Biden Family Going To The Dogs One More Time

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Biden Family Going To The Dogs One More Time
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(Soundbite of dog barking)

ANDREA SEABROOK, host:

Doggone it, that Obama team has a thing about man's best friend. First, the president-elect promised his kids a dog. Then last week, Vice President-elect Joe Biden bought a purebred puppy from a kennel. Now, the incoming veep says he's getting a second pup, this time from a pound. NPR's Allison Keyes has the scoop.

ALLISON KEYES: People are pondering the pending pitter-patter of puppy feet in the White House and the vice president's residence come January. The Bidens beat the Obamas to the puppy punch with their adorable three-month-old German shepherd. Some poo-pooed the Bidens' choice of a puppy from a breeder rather than one adopted from a shelter. Now the vice president-elect tells ABC's "This Week" another cutie is on the way.

(Soundbite of TV show "This Week")

Vice President-elect JOE BIDEN: We're going to get a pound dog that my wife wants.

KEYES: Biden told ABC the new puppy will likely be a golden retriever, and not because adopting from a pound is more politically correct.

(Soundbite of TV show "This Week")

Vice President-elect BIDEN: We've always had two dogs. We've always had two big dogs, so they can have companionship. And I've had German shepherds from the time I was a kid, and I've actually trained them and shown them.

KEYES: Biden also told ABC his family is no stranger to pound pets.

(Soundbite of TV show "This Week")

Vice President-elect BIDEN: We already have a pound cat. We've had pound animals at our house.

KEYES: Former "Price Is Right" host and animal activist Bob Barker and others have criticized the Bidens for buying from a breeder, citing cruel conditions at so-called puppy mills. And the economy is hurting shelters across the country, who are reporting a drop-off in donations, government funding, and a shrinking pool of people who want to adopt. The president-elect has said he'd prefer a pound pup, but his daughter's allergies might make that impossible. As for the Bidens, what's the new puppy's name? ..TEXT: (Soundbite of TV show "This Week")

Vice President-elect BIDEN: My granddaughters are going to make that clear on Christmas morning.

KEYES: Allison Keyes, NPR News, Washington.

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