With TMZ breaking the news early Saturday that President Obama was planning on adopting a White House dog from a kennel instead of an animal shelter as promised, we could only hope that this was some classic form of gossip. Alas, it's now true that the first dog will come from a breeder in Texas -- and sentiments across the web have echoed disappointment in the choice.
"This is a missed opportunity to set a pet-adoption trend among Americans," says Abbie Moore, executive director of Adopt-a-Pet.com. "With pet relinquishment up 20 to 30 percent due to the poor economy, pets in shelters can use all the help they can get."
As an obvious preemptive counter to the growing chorus of people chanting "Bummer!", the Obama family have pledged a donation the United States Humane Society in Washington D.C. From the organization's website,