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'Top Dog' Trends Emerge

The mirth-makers at Fireside21 have once again thrust political pooches into the spotlight, rounding up some 30-odd photogenic pups for the 2014 “Top Dog” competition.  

   

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Winston, the English lab belonging to Jon Corley, then-press assistant to Texas Republican Mac Thornberry, bested some six dozen pets with ties to Capitol Hill during last year’s inaugural roundup .  

Other fan favorites included:

  • Most Competitive = Milton; House Press Gallery.  Breed: chow chow.
  • Best Hair = Lucy; Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Ky.  Breed: mini goldendoodle.
  • Most Likely to Succeed = Conan; Congressional Research Service.  Breed: hound/beagle.
  • Best Smile = Balto; Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Texas.  Breed: German shepherd.
  • Most Athletic = Banjo; Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III, D-Mass.  Breed: border collie mix.
  • Biggest Flirt = Harley; Agriculture Committee.  Breed: worthless.
  • Most Regal = Lucy; Abled Americans.  Breed: dachshund.
  • Biggest Party Animal = Tanner; Rep. Bobby L. Rush, D-Ill. Breed: Yorkipoo.
  • Best Advisor = Pepper; Rep. Michael M. Honda, D-Calif.  Breed: Norwegian elk hound mix.

Although this year’s crop of dog-testants has only begun winning over the hearts and minds of the Internet-enabled public (the winner won’t be crowned until Oct. 15), certain prejudices appear to be steering early balloting.  

People seem to prefer sparingly-used props — as in the case of the stress toy-chomping shih poo belonging to Wisconsin Democrat Gwen Moore.  

   

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That seems to be besting overly-produced moments, a la the flag-draped westie put on parade by California Republican Ed Royce.    

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Dressing all the way up is apparently cool (such as the tuxedo-clad beagle Ollie who calls Michigan Republican Candice S. Miller “Mom”).  

   

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Whereas going country — sorry, bandana-wearing border collie Minnie, who hangs with Florida Republican Dennis A. Ross — not so much.  

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Folks seem to identify with those who want out (well done, pointy-eared Alaskan klee klai who kicks it live with Illinois Democrat Bill Foster).  

   

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But no one gets why anyone wants in to #ThisTown. (Stand down, Yorkshire terriers Ryder and Juliet Davis, who hang with Illinois Republican Rodney Davis from afar.)  

   

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Finally, everyone appears to have soured on pets that just so happen to be named for foodstuffs — such as Pepper Jane, Chilango and Cheeseburger.  

   

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For now, though, it’s still very much anybody’s ballgame. (See the ball? You want the ball? Go get it!)  

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