Linda hopes dogs will have day and en­tice Obama

The Press and Journal (Highlands & Islands) - - News - BY DAVID MACKAYBY

Anartist is hop­ing to en­tice Pres­i­dent Barack­Obam­ato visit Mo­ray – by ap­peal­ing to his an­i­mal-lov­ing side.

Linda Gorn, chair­woman of Keith Kilt and Tex­tile Cen­tre, has fol­lowed the ca­reer of the de­part­ing Amer­i­can leader since he was a sen­a­tor.

To pay tribute to his ser­vice she has spent two weeks cre­at­ing a present she hopes he will cher­ish.

And in an ef­fort to make her gift stand out from the truck-loads the leader will re­ceive in the com­ing days, Mrs Gorn de­cided to fo­cus on his dogs Bo and Sunny.

The pic­ture shows the Por­tuguese wa­ter dogs out­side the White House.

She said: “I just wanted to do some­thing for him that he would like and would want to keep.

“His dogs are re­ally per­sonal to him and it’s prob­a­bly some­thing that not a lot of peo­ple would have thought to fo­cus on.”

The nee­dle-felt pet por­trait was sent ex­press de­liv­ery from Keith to the White House yes­ter­day in or­der for it to ar­rive be­fore the end of Mr Obama’s pres­i­dency next week. The par­cel has been wrapped in colour­ful pa­per to make it stand out. And en­closed in the pack­age is a per­sonal in­vi­ta­tion to the Oba­mas to visit Keith so Barack can get mea­sured for a kilt.

She said: “I fig­ured he was go­ing to need a hol­i­day now. It’s a bit cheeky but know­ing how much Amer­i­cans like Scot­land you never know.”

Linda Gorn with her nee­dle-felt por­trait of the dogs

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