Blagojeviches in market for 2nd dog

Tribune reporter

Skittles, the Blagojevich family dog, might be getting some company.

Skittles, Rod Blagojevich, his wife, Patti, and two daughters, Amy and Annie, were at the PAWS Chicago Adoption & Humane Center on Friday looking for a new pup to add to the family. The former Illinois governor is expected to be sentenced Wednesday for his federal corruption convictions.

The family spent several hours at the facility, according to PAWS Chicago.

Among some of the requirements for the family's new dog are that it doesn't aggravate Amy's allergies and that it forms an attachment with Skittles, PAWS representatives said.

"We want to make sure they get along. I mean, they are not going to fall in love overnight, but they will bond over time," PAWS Chicago founder and chairwoman Paula Fasseas said.

A tan, 8-week-old poodle mix has caught the family's interest, according to PAWS, though the family hasn't met the dog yet. The pup was found as a stray a few weeks ago, brought to the city's Animal Care and Control and has been living in foster care. The family plans to meet her Friday, according to PAWS.

PAWS representatives said the Blagojeviches didn't reveal what they plan to name the dog, but in April, Rod Blagojevich said he had offered the teenage Amy a suggestion if he has to spend a long time behind bars: "I said something like, 'Worst-case scenario — which I don't expect will happen — you can get another dog and call him 'Daddy.'"

"It was a joke, because she was crying and I wanted to make her feel less bad and make her laugh," he continued. "And Amy laughed."

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