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Research a new dog at the library

Learn about the Portuguese water dog and many other breeds at the Detroit Lakes Public Library, which has several new books on the subject.

Whether you're looking for a mutt for your family, like the Obamas, or an expensive purebred, you need to know what's best for your situation!

"This is a major issue," Obama deadpanned at his first news conference as president-elect in November, noting that two factors had to be reconciled: the desires for a hypoallergenic pet and for a shelter dog. (Los Angeles Times)

Americans have been following this story; some reluctantly... wondering why this is of any importance, while others are relieved to have some news from the lighter side!

According to the Feb. 25 edition of the L.A. Times, the Obamas have their search down to two breeds, Portuguese water dog and a Labradoodle. Well, if you're lucky enough to be in the same boat as the President of the United States --researching a new pet -- the library has all kinds of information for you! Below you will find three of our newest titles on the subject:

- Essential Dog; The Ultimate Guide to Owning a Happy and Healthy Pet by Caroline Davis. Comprehensive, as well as quick and easy to grasp, Essential Dog offers basic, valuable information and expert guidance on: choosing a dog, canine behavior, caring for a dog, training your dog, and health care.

- A Member of the Family, by Cesar Millan. Many of us think of our dogs not as pets but as full-fledged members of our families. If you own a dog -- or are thinking about getting one -- A Member of the Family is the ultimate resource for integrating your canine companion into the life of your household.

What should you do if you need to leave your dog alone at home while everyone is at work? Are you providing him with the exercise he needs? How can you make sure your children and dog get along well? How do events in the human family such as birth, marriage, or divorce affect the family dog? All of these questions and many more are answered by bestselling author Cesar Millan in his new book.

- New Dog: Choosing Wisely and Ensuring a Happily Ever After, by Dr. Bruce Fogle. This book is a straightforward guide to welcoming a new dog home. This book establishes a solid timeline for all the key decisions a new dog owner must make, whether adopting a puppy, an adult dog or a rescued dog. Dr. Bruce Fogle provides his time-tested "20 Essential Tips for a Well-Behaved Dog" and offers guidance on the 30 most popular breeds (including purebreds, crossbreeds and problem breeds). Careful attention is given to various concerns, such as allergies and urban, suburban and apartment living.

Come into the library and find out the difference between a Portuguese water dog and a Labradoodle, or any other breed! The library is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed on Sundays.

For more information on library services and programs, please call 218-847-2168 or visit your library at 1000 Washington Ave. Detroit Lakes Library is a branch of Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL). Information about LARL services is available online at