We imagine political personalities as their dog breed spirit animals
By Ava Agata Gorecki
The world I want to live in consists of pots of gold at the end of rainbows, free tacos every Tuesday and countries run by presidential pups. Looking at the current U.S election race, it’s easy to feel that we would be better off with a responsible AirBud in the Oval Office than any potential choices on the ballot. I am no political expert, but I am a canine connoisseur and I know when the bitch should be leading the pack.
But since this ideal world exists only in my third eye, let us re-imagine our politicians as some of our favorite dogs.
Obama – The Portuguese Water Dog
Barack Obama was on point with his canine counterpart when he chose a Portuguese Water Dog to be the First-Pooch of the White House. The pup–a gift from Ted Kennedy that the Obamas named “Bo”–represents a lively, intelligent and hard-working breed, much like his charming owner. President Obama must have known we’d choose this dog to compare him to when he picked Bo.
Trump – The Long Haired Chihuahua
It’s quite fitting to have Donald Trump be represented by a Long Haired Chihuahua because these little drama queens have barks that are bigger than their bites. Sure, they’ll put up a mighty throat battle behind a 9 foot fence, but the minute someone enters your property, they’ll be the first to retreat. Likewise, The Donald yaps at everything and never seems to be making any tangible points. While loyal to their families, these pups are not very social with other humans, reminiscent of some of Trump’s more divisive policy propositions. Yo quero human rights?
Clinton – The Collie
With her intelligent eyes, fabulous hair and pragmatic approach, Hillary Clinton definitely channels a Collie as her furry counterpart. Collies are known for being natural herders, which seems to be a quality our flawless female shares. And while Collies may have a few shady characteristics, such as keeping bones hidden from you, and you may not be 100% sold on the breed, admit it; you know it’s the best fit for you at this point in your life.
Sanders – The Basset Hound
Though Basset Hounds are known to go after small game, their bipedal equivalent, Bernie Sanders, had no fear when running against the big dogs. Noble, wise, and aged in appearance, this pup always seems like he’s got a courageous story to tell. Basset Hounds were bred to hunt, are known to be stubborn and do not back down without fighting the good fight. Extremely loyal, trusting and intelligent, the Basset Hound has my vote for Best In Show.
Trudeau – The Spaniel
Not to gush about Canada’s lovable Cocker Spaniel of a Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, but their fearless leader is not afraid to “savasana” as hard as he likes to pass-a-law. Cocker Spaniels not only share their flowing, lustrous locks with the PM, but their cheery dispositions and big brains tango right into Trudeau territory.
Whatever breed of dog–or politician–you prefer, let’s remember during this election season to treat each other with respect and to hold ourselves to the standards we want to see in this world. The world needs love now more than ever.