Lawmakers bring their dogs to work

Greg Nash

SPOTTED: Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) giving Rep. Jeff Denham’s (R-Calif.) pooch, 1-1/2-year-old French bulldog Lily, a pat on the head at a Wednesday press conference pushing for support of the Pets on Trains Act.

The bill, sponsored by Denham, would permit animals to travel in designated pet cars on Amtrak trains, with some restrictions.

Also eyed at the furball-friendly event: Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) holding his Yorkshire terrier, Sebastian; Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council President Mike Canning; Amtrak President and CEO Joseph Boardman; and Hallmark Channel’s pet lifestyle expert Laura Nativo.

Grimm lamented not being able to take his petite canine on the train to and from his home state. But he told The Hill Sebastian is well cared for when he stays in Washington without his owner, “The different staffers kind of draw straws because everyone always fights to get him for the weekend."

-- Patrick Mortiere contributed.