Instead of waiting in line to shake the hand of a politician, many guests at the four-legged friendly event cued up to snap a photo with two bona fide celebrity pets.
Aragon, the kitty that plays Lord Tubbington on Fox’s “Glee,” and Quince, a rescued mutt who plays Baxter in the upcoming “Anchorman II,” were the guests of honor at an award reception.
Aragon’s owner and trainer, CeCe Card, told The Hill that the Bengal cat — which weighs in at a cool 20 pounds — has embraced his celebrity status, saying, “When he gets on the set, they treat him like a god.”
Not to be outdone, Quince wowed a small crowd of early arrivers by standing on his hind legs and bowing.
Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) played emcee at the ceremony. The congressman, who received a veterinary degree, has a cat named Dodge as well as a sheep.
While not an avid “Anchorman” fan, saying he hasn’t watched the flick much, Schrader revealed he does watch “Glee” “a little bit.”
“The animals steal the show though,” Schrader exclaimed, “I don’t care what it is.”
Photos: (left) Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) with Lily. (right) Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) with Quince and Aragon. / Courtesy: Animal Health Institute