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Rep. Billy Long fractures shoulder chasing daughter’s poodle
‘I fought the dog and the dog won,’ the congressman joked

Tex, a 6-month-old poodle belonging to Rep. Billy Long’s oldest daughter, Kaleen. (Photo courtesy of Rep. Billy Long’s office)

Rep. Billy Long returned to Capitol Hill last week with a new accessory — a sling. While he was in his hometown of Springfield, Missouri, for the holidays, the congressman fractured his shoulder while “wrangling” the family puppy.

The incident occurred on Dec. 20, while Long was dog-sitting his daughter’s 6-month-old poodle named Tex. In an email exchange with Heard on the Hill, the congressman remembers picking the canine up from “doggy daycare” and sitting “with him for over an hour, and within two minutes of picking him up to go inside, he bolted under the gate” and into the middle of the street.

Meet Pippa the Corgi, the Senate’s newest Instagram star
Heard on the Hill — the lighter side of Capitol Hill

Samantha Heyrich, whose dog Pippa graces the office of Sen. Patrick J. Toomey on slow legislative days, says the adorable Corgi’s popularity with passersby makes going on walks in the Senate hallways “an ordeal.”

Pippa’s Instagram account features photos with various lawmakers, including Sens. John Kennedy, Michael Bennet, Johnny Isakson and, of course, Toomey.

A Pet Rock, a Stuffed Animal and a Chihuahua: These Are Some of the Pets Our Readers Think Trump Should Get
We asked our readers to suggest what type of dog President Trump should get

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Two weeks ago, we posed a question to our readers: President Donald Trump is the first president in more than a century not to own a pet. What kind of dog should he get? We asked people to use the hashtag #POTUSpup and promised to publish the best responses.

At Capitol Hill Cemetery, Canine Caretakers Rule the Grounds
 

The Congressional Cemetery is home to a unique, private dog-walking program, which has benefited the resting place for many famous Americans, as well as the dogs and their humans in the Capitol Hill community.

Shark Week on the Capitol Means Dogs in Costumes
 

HOH’s Valentine to You: Puppy Love 
 

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals hosted their annual “Paws for Love” Valentine’s Day adoption event, which was attended by hundreds of Capitol Hill staffers on Tuesday. In the Rayburn Foyer, dozens of puppies and a few kittens were brought in by six animal rescue groups to play with attendees. ASPCA’s fifth annual event was extremely popular – “puppies!” was routinely exclaimed throughout the halls of Rayburn during the day.

Heard on the Hill This Week: Poodle Emergency and McConnell’s Dinner Plans
 

It’s been a long week on the Hill, but no one has had a more “ruff” go of it than Rep. Mark Meadows’ poodle Jolie, who had a minor puppy emergency and had to be tended to by former veterinarian Rep. Ralph Abraham. Watch the video for more from Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill reporter Alex Gangitano, plus special guest Senate reporter Niels Lesniewski on his “Take 5” interview with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Rod Blum Dyes His Dog and Is Not Afraid to Show It
Iowa Republican gets criticism over dog's dye job

Rod Blum's dog Vinnie visits with children at a parade in Waterloo, Iowa, on June 11. (Courtesy Rod Blum's Facebook page)

Vinnie Blum, Iowa Republican Rod Blum ’s Maltese, was blue at a parade last week — really, literally blue.  

Blum shared a photograph on his Facebook page  of his dog at the "My Waterloo Days" parade back home in Waterloo, Iowa .