Saturday, September 5, 2015

On Capitol Hill canines rule the House (and Senate)

There may be no end to the partisan posturing on the floors of the U.S. House and Senate but behind the office doors dogs - and a few cats - rule the roost.

On Capitol Hill canines rule the House (and Senate)

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There may be no end to the partisan posturing on the floors of the U.S. House and Senate but behind the office doors dogs - and a few cats - rule the roost.

The Washington Post reports on the array congressional canines making their homes in the nation's Capitol. (Photo: The Washington Post)

But wait, there are kitty corners in the Capitol too. The Humane Society of the United States' Michael Markarian notes in his blog that there are a few favored felines residing in House and Senate offices, among them a new rescue cat belonging to newly-elected Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown. 

The only known regular canine inhabitant of the Pennsylvania Capitol was the terrier Boomer Baker Knoll, who belonged to the late Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll. Boomer made the news for riding illegally in Knoll's state car (no pets allowed in state vehicles, except if you're chief executive or number two apparently) and was a familiar furry face on the end of a leash, usually in an aide's hands, on steps of the Capitol until Knoll's death in 2008.

The state's dog champion-and-chief, Gov. Rendell, sometimes brings his rescued Golden Retrievers, Maggie and Ginger, into the Capitol for special animal-related occasions, like a rally for the new dog law or an anti-cruelty bill signing.

Inquirer Staff Writer
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