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Issue 355 / 8th November 2008


Suicide bombers strike in Somaliland


Africa's Best Kept Secret

Our Trip to Somaliland

Front Page
News Headlines
Gitmo Detainee Transferred To Somaliland
UNICEF Deplores Stoning Of Child Rape Victim
Somalia Government Seeks Control Of .So Domain
Ethiopia Issues Terror Warning
Child Of 13 Stoned To Death In Somalia
Somalia : Yes We Can!
A Philanthropic UAE Sheikh Sends Assistance To The Victims Of Hargeysa Bombing
Local and Regional Affairs
Obama Win Brings Hope To Africa , Church Leaders Say
DC Circuit Suspends Status Review For Yemeni Held At Guantanamo
New US President Offers Hope On Global Poverty, Says Progressio
Former Somali Prime Minister To Turn For Puntland President
Somalia 's Sheikh Sharif To Step Down As Islamic Courts Chief
Pentagon Transfers 3 From Guantánamo Prison Camps
North Yorkshire Force Plays Host To Foreign Officers Including Somaliland 's
DR Congo Violence Tops Monthly Report
SOMALIA : UN And Local Elders Slam Aid Worker Kidnap
Obama's Election
Supporting Somaliland's Democracy Against The Terror Act ?
Somaliland & Unisa's Department of Religious Studies represented at London 's 2008 Think Tank of the
Features & Commentry
Speech Of Kerry McCarthy At The Somali Gang And Knife Conference In Bristol
Africa In An Obama Administration
Horn Of Africa 's Challenges Grow
A Land Of Opportunity
International News
Obama Meets With Economic Experts For Advice
Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf Elected To The International Court Of Justice For A Term Of Nine Years
‘Don't Go To Cops Or I Will Kill You'
Obama's Kenyan Grandmother Says Will Attend Inauguration
At First News Conference, Obama Promises Stimulus Push
Obama: Getting A Family Dog Isn't Easy


The Presence Of The UN In Somaliland Is For The Benefits Of International Employees
An American Grandma Anxiously Awaiting Elections Results In Cowpens , South Carolina
Hargeysa 29/10 Suicide Bombings: Explanations?
We Stand United - The Diaspora Grieve Over Wednesday's Attacks
Somaliland - Growing Stronger As A State Within A State
Sympathy To The Victims Of The Recent Terrorists' Attacks In Somaliland From South Africa
EXCLUSIVE: Somalia 's Islamists Up Close and Personal

Obama: Getting A Family Dog Isn't Easy


President-elect Obama and Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm laugh when Obama was

AP   –   President-elect Obama and Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm laugh when Obama was asked what kind of dog   …

CHICAGO , November 7, 2008 – President-elect Obama promised his daughters a puppy after the election, but finding one is proving to be a bit of a challenge.

"This is a major issue," Obama told reporters at his news conference Friday. It's generated more interest on his Web site than any other topic, he joked.

But 10-year-old daughter Malia has allergies, so the family is looking for a low-allergy dog. "We have two criteria that have to be reconciled," said Obama. "One is that Malia is allergic, so it has to be hypoallergenic."

Unfortunately, there is really no such thing as an allergy-free furry animal, doctors say. Dogs, cats and other critters all shed some skin cells. And proteins found in their saliva or urine can also trigger allergic reactions in people.

Still, the American Kennel Club says there is a good selection of low-allergy dogs. And they don't have to be hairless or tiny. Poodles, for example, are considered a good choice for people with allergies. So are several terriers. And Portugese water dogs.

Having a big place like the White House to call home should help. Malia can keep some distance between her and the family pooch. Just keeping it out of her bedroom should make a big difference.

The family's second criteria may be more difficult to fulfill. Obama said the family would prefer to adopt a puppy from an animal rescue shelter.

"But obviously, a lot of shelter dogs are mutts like me," said Obama, in an apparent self-deprecating reference to his mixed race heritage. "So whether we're going to be able to balance those two things, I think, is a pressing issue on the Obama household."

There may yet be a happy ending for the Obama family's dilemma.

A surprising number of shelter dogs are purebreds, said John Polis of Best Friends, an animal rescue group headquartered in Utah . And there are also animal rescue societies devoted to particular breeds.

"There is a misconception that shelter dogs are all mutts," said Polis. "But a person who wants to adopt a poodle can find one. There are plenty of ways to adopt purebred dog."

Source: AP






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