Being POTUS comes with many perks: a bangin' house, being "the leader of the free world," celebrity friends, nuclear codes, and best of all—pets. If a dog was never in your cards due to some pesky landlord or partner with allergies, all you have to do is win the presidency, and you can use the tradition of White House pets as your reason to finally #AdoptDontShop. Every president in the last 150 years has had a pet in the White House, and Donald Trump probably won't be the first to break that sentimental American custom. 

On Tuesday, the Washington Post reported that a goldendoodle named Patton may be poised to be our country's First Dog come January. The 9-week-old golden retriever and poodle mix is currently being raised by Lois Pope, a prominent philanthropist in Palm Beach, Florida. Pope told the Post that she's known Trump for more than two decades, and showed him a photo of Patton at his recent Thanksgiving event. Pope says the President-elect then told her to show the picture to his son Barron, which "brought tears to his eyes."

According to the Post:

Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks said in an email Tuesday that “no decisions have been made” about the dog. But Pope said she is confident that the Trumps will take the puppy, which she named Patton after George Patton, a World War II general Trump has said he admires.

If the rumors are true, and Trump does bring Patton—or any canine—to the White House, what would be in store for the First Dog? According to Trump's own Twitter, the President-elect's understanding of canine behavior and how dogs are treated may indicate that Patton faces a tough journey ahead. To combat Trump's negative dog-stereotyping, Patton needs to avoid the following: 


Trump thinks one disgusting thing dogs do is sweat a lot, like former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio. This should be easy for Patton, since dogs don't really sweat and actually pant to cool themselves down.



Begging for Money

Cheating on a Celebrity Boyfriend

Any of this low-brow behavior might result in Patton being thrown off television and ultimately, being fired: