Then-President Barack Obama pets the family dog Bo outside the Oval Office of the White House.

FILE – In this March 15, 2012, file photo, President Barack Obama pets the family dog Bo, a Portuguese water dog, outside the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. So let’s get all the puns out of the way, shall we? It’s the issue with legs _ four of them. The doggone thing won’t go away. Has the presidential race just gone to the dogs? Or are we simply in those dog days between the primary season and the start of the general election? Whatever it is, the political Mommy Wars seem to have given way, at least temporarily, to the Doggy Wars, with an effort by supporters of both Mitt Romney and Obama to gain points with the Doggy Vote. That’s dog owners, not the dogs themselves _ at least for now. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)