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DFL State Sen. David Tomassoni has sent a letter to President-elect Barack Obama to offer some advice regarding the First Dog. Tomassoni said in the letter that he, like Obama's daughter, has pet hair allergies. Tomassoni suggested that Obama adopt a Shih Tzu as their family pet. The Tomassoni family has two Shih Tzus in their home, Ranuccio and Captain Jack Sparrow (photo above).

"Shih Tzus are adorable, lovable cuddly puppies that are great with kids, have their own personalities and are very low maintenance. Remember, little dogs are little problems," Tomassoni wrote.

Tomassoni also said the dog could improve the nation's relationship with China.

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