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Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Congress is one of the few workplaces where one can get away with bringing a dog (as most lawmaking pet-owners do) or a cat (not so common—the cats tend to demand their own offices) to the office without being too disruptive. And while the upkeep can be a distraction, the benefits are substantial: senators and congressmen who have their pets in the office are almost uniformly more sanguine—and thus more likely to have a civilized relationship with their colleagues—if there is a tail-wagging, non-judgmental domesticated animal waiting for them then they return from a contentious committee hearing or caucus lunch. Even staffers who don’t much enjoy taking the pup out for a quick pit-stop will attest that the positive impact the pets have on their bosses makes it all worthwhile. Advice for New Members of Congress: Bring Your Dog to Work

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