Maybe it was inevitable in a year when one candidate's first name is only two letters different from "bark."
Yup, your pup can wear a T-shirt to support "Bark Obama" or "John McCanine" or to announce that he wants to "Bark for Barack." He can play with a toy to say goodbye to George W. Bush and even pick a biscuit according to the party he supports.
In fact, in more than one place, the dogs have even been polled - but if you're hoping for a prediction, don't hold your breath.
Tomoko Kawasumi of the Organic Doggy Kitchen in Falls Church, Va., got the idea for a dog biscuit poll from her two huskies. When she offered them her Political Dog Biscuits, Kiki always chose the elephant and Koby the donkey, even though they're baked from the same dough.
As in any race, some dog owners are not satisfied with the choices.
"We have some people who are upset that we don't have an independent doggie biscuit," Kawasumi says, but that's less a political statement than a practical problem: "We don't know what it would look like."
So perhaps the occasional dog who turns up his nose at both biscuits isn't just a fussy eater. But there are choices for the undecided or independent canine, too: He can get involved in the change of administration with toys and treats commemorating the end of the Bush years.
At the Bush's Last Day Web site, there's the Bush Biskit - the wrapper includes the line "Crunch Crunch He's Gone." And both dogs and cats can enjoy the George the Lame Duck toy from Moodypet.com. The stuffed Bush-faced duck on crutches wears a cast signed by his friends, including Condi, Rummy and K-Ro, and he comes in a catnip version as well as a large squeaky toy.
And if your dog's first choice has dropped out of the race, he may take comfort in the floppy-armed, stuffed Hillary dog toy at fatcats.com, which also offers a John McCanine who doesn't seem to realize that someone has taped a note to his back saying "I'm 301 dog years old!"
On the Web
Moody Pet: www.moodypet.com
T-shirts and bandannas: www.ruffruffandmeow.com
Political Party Pets:www.politicalpartypets.com
Roll Over Red Rover cookies: www.rolloverredrover.com
Organic Doggy Kitchen: www.organicdogs.com
Fat Cat: www.fatcats.com
Bush's Last Day: www.bushslastday.com
Show your political colors with Repuppycan and Doggie Democrat T-shirts, which are sold at Political Party Pets. $14.95-$17.95 depending on size.