Life on Capitol Hill was good for a few fleeting moments Thursday, as members and staff wandered from wet-nosed critter to furry-faced charmer in pursuit of the perfect cuddle.
The Paws 4 Celebration event was designed as a way to get readily adoptable pets in front of big-hearted staffers.
“I’m glad Washington Humane brought some pits. It helps demystify that whole ‘bogeyman’ persona they have,” an animal-loving lobbyist said of the sweet-natured pit bulls sprinkled about the Cannon Caucus Room.
Pols flowed in and out of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals-sponsored snuggle-fest.
Some gravitated toward former Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., elder statesman and new pet ambassador .
While others elected to get close and personal with the featured attractions.
Staff could not have cared less about what the pin-wearing ones were doing.
For them, it was all about sizing up potential besties.
No word yet on how many of the rescues fielded offers to run away with loving would-be owners.
Here’s hoping they all find warm comfy beds to sleep in real soon.
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