It is an unofficial tradition for the President and the first family to get a dog as a pet. The dog then becomes a fixture on TV screens for a few days after arriving at the White House. The Clintons had a cat named Socks in addition to a dog. Socks (pictured here), currently lives in California. Buddy, the First Dog, unfortunately, was run over by a car.
So, what is going to be the next First Pet? If it was me, I would get a raccoon as a pet. But since it's a highly visible post, I think the Obamas will get a dog. They will probably rescue a puppy from a Humane Society shelter and the puppy will be chosen by their little girls.
As an animal lover, I couldn't resist to write this post.