dogs

This is what the Senate looks like through the eyes of a puppy
Power doesn’t scare Pippa, and the pupparazzi are taking note

Samantha Heyrich holds Pippa, a corgi puppy, in the Russell Building on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

When they hear Pippa’s bells, staffers scurry out of their offices and into the hallway like kids hearing the song of an ice cream truck.

Pippa Heyrich is a tiny corgi puppy who’s been brightening spirits in the Senate in recent weeks, despite the government shutdown and the challenges of a divided legislature. The bells on her collar alert everyone that there’s a cute distraction coming their way.

This Bipartisan Holiday Party Was for the Dogs
Florida representatives dress up Congress’ furry friends for their second annual howliday bash

From left, Reps. Susan Wild, D-Pa., Mini Poodle, Zoey, Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., and Welsh Terrier, Riggins, Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., and Mini Goldendoodle, Carmela, and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., and D.C. pound dog, Maya, pose for a picture at the Bipawtisan Howliday in Rayburn Building on December 10, 2018. Riggins is owned by Curbelo's communications director Joanna Rodriguez. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

For nearly 15 minutes, Riggins, a 3 1/2-year-old Welsh terrier, sat alone in his elf costume, surrounded by fawning Hill staffers. The House’s second annual Bipawtisan Howliday celebration was off to a slow start.

When another canine finally joined the party, Riggins couldn’t contain his excitement. The male dog mounted Carmela, a 1-year-old mini goldendoodle, and the human attendees erupted in laughter as the owners broke up the display of affection.