A RUFF CAMPAIGN
Presidential hopeful <runtime:topic id="PEPLT007408">Barack Obama</runtime:topic> has reportedly told his two daughters that the family will get a puppy after November - no matter the electoral outcome. (His rival, <runtime:topic id="PEPLT004278">John McCain</runtime:topic>, already has a bustling menagerie, including English springer spaniel Sam, Yorkshire terriers Lucy and Desi, mixed-breed Coco, Oreo the cat, two turtles named Cuff and Link, a ferret, three parakeets and more than a dozen saltwater fish.)
The American Kennel Club has come up with a list of hypoallergenic breeds for the Obamas. Cast your vote for the bichon frise, Chinese crested, poodle, soft-coated wheaten terrier or miniature schnauzer at presidentialpup.com by Aug. 19. In turn, an irked Best Friends Animal Society has launched the rival obamafamilydog.com to encourage the candidate to adopt a shelter dog. "For a candidate focused on 'hope' and 'change,' adopting a homeless pet is the right choice for the Obamas," said a Best Friends representative.
As for your pooch, he can give a candidate endorsement at PetsVote.com.
Those Rescue Ink guys have their motors runnin'. The world's most-tattooed - and softest-hearted - animal rescuers are sponsoring a Ruff Riders Rally on Sunday to benefit Save-a-Pet Animal Rescue in Port Jefferson Station. Registration is $20. The ride starts at the <runtime:topic id="PLGEO100100807010000">Brookhaven</runtime:topic> Amphitheater at Bald Hill, tours along Suffolk's South Shore, and ends at Mulcahy's Pub in <runtime:topic id="PLGEO100100102600656">Centereach</runtime:topic>. For more info, visit saveapetli.net or rescueink.org (click on "Events") or call 631-473-6333.