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February 27, 2009

First Dog Will Enjoy the Green Life

Dog house The vote is still out for the much-anticipated White House dog breed, but Michelle Obama told People magazine she's stumping for a Portuguese water dog. With daughters Sasha and Malia so excitedto bring the pooch home, it's also noteworthy that the Obamas stand committed to taking the time to find a rescue dog.

Early names "Frank" and "Moose" received a presidential veto, but when the yet-to-be-named pup arrives in April, it'll reside in a swank, eco-friendly house created by Sustainable Pet Design. The Summa Canum (Latin for "top dog") has walls built with reclaimed lumber from our seventh president Andrew Jackson's estate and is painted with nontoxic zero-VOC paint and varnish. The stately Greek columns will support a green roof to be planted by the girls themselves.

Future plans include adding solar panels and radiant floor heating, but that will be after the Summa Canum is delivered to the White House by singer and environmental advocate Neil Young in his super-efficient LincVolt. Not too shabby.

--Jordana Fyne

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