There’s been no shortage of advice at the annual gathering of allergists here in Washington when it comes to the Obama family’s hunt for a hypoallergenic First Dog.
The pressing issue of the would-be first pooch has dominated hallway and cocktail conversation during the five-day meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, which ends today.
The doctors have varying opinions on what breed the Obamas should choose in light of eldest daughter Malia’s allergies, but they all agree: there is no such thing as an allergy-free dog.
“There is a hypoallergenic dog. It’s called a cat,” jokes Rep. Steve Kagen (D-Wis.), an allergist who was elected to Congress in 2006.
Allergist Daniel Ein:
“‘Hypoallergenic’ is a relative term,” Ein explained further in an email Monday. “It means that it is less allergenic, not non-allergenic. So the safest dog is no dog; next safest, a stuffed dog; and then, someone else’s dog.”
…shared his unsolicited and biased opinion with first lady Michelle Obama on Inauguration Day before the start of the swearing-in ceremony. “Get a golden retriever and shave it,” Kagen says he told Mrs. Obama, who, according to the congressman, hasn’t come back to him for more advice.