Heard on the Hill: To the Dogs

Posted October 4, 2010 at 5:10pm

Dog whisperer Cesar Millan says Congress could learn a lot from man’s best friend.

‘I’m a big believer that we don’t just teach animals, animals teach humans ‘ especially with the instability in the world due to not-healthy leadership,’ the animal trainer tells HOH.

Millan, in D.C. Monday to promote a new book, ‘Cesar’s Rules,’ and the seventh season of his TV show ‘The Dog Whisperer,’ says dogs know integrity and loyalty are necessary to lead a pack. He recently met with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in San Diego to explain what Congress could learn from dogs.

‘It’s not about Republican or Democrat. It’s about the pack,’ he says. ‘What serves the country? How can we balance the country?’

According to Millan, President John F. Kennedy was one leader who knew how to act like a dog. Millan says Kennedy’s famed statement, ‘Ask not what your country can do for you ‘ ask what you can do for your country,’ is pure animal thinking. ‘This is a pack mentality,’ he says. ‘Animals know how to live in a harmonious society.’

Just a Few Little Tidbits

• He might not have run it himself, but Sen. Al Franken played a role in Sunday’s Twin Cities Marathon in St. Paul, Minn. A spy who ran tells HOH that the Minnesota Democrat cheered runners to the finish line, yelling to the marathoners that they had ‘0.7 miles left to go’ before finishing the 26.2-mile jaunt.

• Sen. Frank Lautenberg is showing solidarity with other cancer survivors this month by turning his website pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Cancer is a topic close to Lautenberg’s heart: He underwent chemotherapy for stomach cancer earlier this year and previously worked with Israel’s Lautenberg Center for General and Tumor Immunology.

• Heather Parsons, legislative director for Rep. Brad Miller (D-N.C.), and her husband, Ryan Reed, welcomed Margaret Jayne Reed on Monday. The little lady weighed 9 pounds, 13 ounces. ‘So far, baby Maggie is showing the same strength and determination that her mother demonstrated during the health care reform debate,’ spokeswoman LuAnn Canipe says.

Take Five!

Every Tuesday, HOH gets to know a Member of Congress better through a series of five fun questions. Today we check in with Rep. Michael McCaul. The Texas Republican is the father of triplets and a former federal prosecutor.

Q: Who do you think will win the World Series?

A: Texas Rangers.

Q: If you could have dinner with anyone tonight ‘ aside from your family ‘ who would you dine with?

A: Thomas Jefferson.

Q: If you could live anywhere, not including your district, where would you live?

A: We have always enjoyed the Texas Gulf Coast around South Padre Island.

Q: What’s your hidden talent?

A: Playing guitar.

Q: If you weren’t a Member of Congress, what would you be doing?

A: Spending time with my wife and five children, appearing in the sequel to ‘Daddy Day Camp’ and moonlighting as a musician in my hometown of Austin.

Namaste, Barack, Tyra, Nancy!

Dozens of prominent lawmakers and noteworthy celebs ‘ President Barack Obama! Speaker Nancy Pelosi! Designer Tory Burch! Actress Geena Davis! Model/talk show host/reality star Tyra Banks! ‘ are scheduled to take part in this week’s Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel to talk about ways to empower women.

But amid all the girl-power sessions is something not normally seen on the agenda for wonky Washington conferences: yoga.

Today and Wednesday, the conference is scheduled to kick off at 6 a.m. with yoga sessions, helping attendees find their center before talking about policy issues. Today brings ‘Early Morning Yoga,’ designed to ‘keep your brain sharp’ and led by Down Dog Yoga founder Patty Ivey. Trudie Styler, the activist/wife of Sting, is scheduled to host Wednesday’s yoga session, ‘Warrior Woman’s Yoga,’ alongside celebrity fitness guru James D’Silva.

Styler will also appear at a session today on health and fitness hosted by MSNBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman. Styler will help lead a ‘5-minute stretch and chair ballet’ before the chat, according to the agenda.

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