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Ocasio-Cortez announces she's gotten a dog

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) seems to have taken some age-old advice: "If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog."

The House freshman posted the "breaking news" about her newest furry family member on Instagram on Monday, telling the camera, "So we just did something big!"

The mocha-colored pup, which appears to be a French bulldog, doesn't have a name yet. But Ocasio-Cortez, who's soliciting suggestions for her canine companion's moniker, says she's "thinking something Star Trek related or Bronx/Queens/NYC/social good related."

Her office didn't get back to ITK about details of the lawmaker's four-legged friend, including where and when she got him. 

Ocasio-Cortez, 30, hinted last year on Instagram about a possible tail-wagging addition.

"I've been wanting a doggo so bad," she said at the time. "We're allowed to have them in our congressional offices, and so many members/staffers bring them."

Ocasio-Cortez said in April that a dog would offer her some emotional support while she's on Capitol Hill.

"I think a doggo would provide lot of emotional benefits because work is very stressful sometimes (let's be real, most times) and I think the comfort a doggo provides would help even things out because they are so loving!" she told her more than 4 million followers.

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