Rep. Ken Calvert brings dog to Capitol Hill

Laura Donovan Contributor
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Some workplaces have a designated “office dog,” but Cali, the 3-year-old female miniature dachshund of Calif. Rep. Ken Calvert, is probably one of the few canines that can be called a Capitol Hill dog.

Politico’s new segment “Politico Pets” profiles the animals of political officials, and the section debuted Wednesday with a short report on “sweet little” Cali, as Calvert describes her.

Cali, who was named after the Golden State, runs through the marble halls of the Rayburn House Office Building by day and lives with the congressman’s communications director, Rebecca Rudman, by night. When Cali isn’t playing catch with Calvert outside his office corridor, she “runs” her owner’s office and keeps employees in line.

“[Cali] makes sure everyone stays on top of their game,” Calvert told Politico.

An award-winning animal herself, Cali likely expects nothing less than the best from those around her. Last year, she won the 2010 Cutest Dog on Capitol Hill contest, which was sponsored by the Animal Health Institute.

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[WATCH: Cali roam the halls of the Rayburn House Office Building]

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