How you (and your pet!) can be buried at the Congressional Cemetery
Dog-walking, movie nights and pet burials at the historic boneyard

A woman wanders the grounds of the Congressional Cemetery along with two canine companions. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call)

Despite its namesake, the Congressional Cemetery has about 5,000 plots available, and no, you don’t have to be a member of Congress to be buried in one. “The only requirement for being buried here is you have to be dead,” says Paul Williams, president of Historic Congressional Cemetery.

But the cemetery, situated in Southeast D.C., is not just a burial ground. It also serves as “a Central Park for this part of Capitol Hill,” according to Williams. It hosts parties, yoga, movie nights and has a dog-walking program. And you don’t have to be dead to partake in those.

Heard on the Hill This Week: Members Misspelling at a Bee and the Cutest Pet on Capitol Hill

Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill reporter Alex Gangitano gives her week-in-review on the Hill, from reigning spelling bee champion Rep. Don Beyer Jr. dropping out first in the Politicians v. Press Spelling Bee, to Sen. Ron Wyden’s office pug winning a cute pet award.

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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 .  

A 'Dogged' Debate on Pets and Prescriptions
Members swap dog stories but don't agree on bill to cut costs

Michigan Rep. Fred Upton with Bugsy, a Boston terrier who is one of four office pets. (Upton staff photo)

House members found a rare note of accord on Friday as they considered the plight of a 16-year-old terrier name Sammie.  

When Sammie, who has the distinction of belonging to Texas Republican Rep. Michael C. Burgess, got sick a year ago, the family veterinarian prescribed a medication that would give him a few more months to live.