The scene: Rocky and Raleigh and their photo stations anchored the stately reception room, with lines of guests winding along opposite walls as they waited their turns for pictures with the pets. Appetizer tables, two impressively stocked bars, and an ice sculpture of a dog and cat rounded out the decor. Posters featured home photos of congressional members with their furry friends, many of which were sent in as part of AHI’s Cutest Pet on the Hill contest. Pictures of Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama and their dogs were also on display.
The menu: An impressive spread of appetizers kept guests (human or not) well fed—Rocky’s handlers could be spotted slipping him cold cuts from the towering meat tray. Treats such as miniature grilled cheese, ham sandwiches, chicken-and-artichoke skewers, pot stickers, chicken tenders, crabcake balls, bacon-wrapped beef, and of course, miniature hot dogs were a hit. Sweet tooths indulged in chocolate-dipped marshmallows, pastries, lemon bars, and dog-and-cat-decorated sugar cookies. At the bar, there were themed drinks including Herding Cats wine and Red Seal Ale.
Cutest congressional-pet photos on display: A shot of Senator John Ensign walking four of his staffers’ dogs at once and Senator Lisa Murkowski and her family with a yellow Lab and six adorable puppies.
Doggie bag: Guests left with a gift bag of two decorated sugar cookies and their commemorative photos with the celebrity pets.
Boldface names: 2 out of 5.
Swankiness: 3 out of 5.
Food and drink: 4.5 out of 5.
Overall exclusivity: 3 out of 5.
Total score: 12.5 out of 20.
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