Is Barney, President Bush’s first dog, letting stardom go to his … waistline?
The Scottish Terrier may well be one of the most visible presidential pooches ever, as evidenced by his series of popular videos and well-trafficked website. Even his annual holiday productions – complete with A-list stars and top administration officials – have become mini-blockbusters.
CBS News White House correspondent Bill Plante decided to dig a little deeper into the Scottie’s psyche. Enter dog trainer Victoria Shea, who viewed Barney’s latest holiday video, available online at http://www.whitehouse.gov/holiday/2006/barneycam.html.
Her verdict? Barney looks a bit pudgy. Her recommendation was more exercise. “Barney can get a pretty good workout chasing balls,” she told Plante.
But even that can lead to trouble. On the video, Barney is seen chasing after a Christmas ornament rolling across the White House floor.
“That’s a no-no,” said Shea. “As adorable as this is, it’s glass. Not something we want our dogs doing.”
No doubt Barney will take that under advisement.