Sen. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Watchdog accuses Commerce of holding up 'Sharpiegate' report | Climate change erases millennia of cooling: study | Senate nixes proposal limiting Energy Department's control on nuclear agency budget Senate nixes proposal limiting Energy Department's control on nuclear agency budget Doug Jones cuts pro-mask campaign ad: 'Our health depends on each other' MORE's (R-Tenn.) dog Rufus nearly stole the show from top health officials on Tuesday.

Alexander, the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, led a hearing Tuesday that heard testimony from officials leading the U.S. coronavirus response, including National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony FauciAnthony FauciWhite House looks to make 'we need to live with it' the new tone on coronavirus: report Rand Paul's exchange with Fauci was exactly what America needed Ex-CIA director Panetta: Trump has 'essentially gone AWOL' amid pandemic MORE and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield.

But sleeping behind the chairman through much of the hearing was Rufus, whose furry, zen-like state attracted a lot of attention from viewers, most of whom are also in their homes.


While pets appearing in video calls have become a regular event among people working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic, it's still rare for one to appear in a Senate hearing livestream. The hearing took place partly in the committee room and partly virtually, with some participants in self-quarantine or working remotely due to social distancing requirements. 

It seems Rufus is a pro at video chatting, though — it's not his first time making a high-profile cameo from Alexander's study. The pup appeared in nearly the exact same sleeping pose behind Alexander on Sunday during the senator's appearance on "Meet the Press."

Rufus is not impressed at being included in video appearances, according to Alexander.


Rufus was also blamed for some barking heard during parts of Tuesday's event.

Rufus did lift his head during remarks by Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyRepublicans fear backlash over Trump's threatened veto on Confederate names Overnight Defense: Lawmakers demand answers on reported Russian bounties for US troops deaths in Afghanistan | Defense bill amendments target Germany withdrawal, Pentagon program giving weapons to police Senators aim to limit Trump's ability to remove troops from Germany MORE (R-Utah) but remained asleep for most of the hearing, prompting jokes about his peaceful repose online.