July 31, 2021

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Comfort and ease canine uncover bipartisan support on Capitol Hill

“He’s a nationwide icon and a *very* very good boy,” Democrat Rep. Cindy Axne of Iowa posted on Twitter, full with a selfie.

The Greenfield, Massachusetts, Law enforcement Section pup is the initial Formal Police Comfort Doggy, and invested the week roaming the halls of Congress with Keeva, an Akita, and chocolate lab Hank, capturing the hearts of even the most stoic individuals on the Hill.

But it was Clarence — who clocks in at a enormous 160 lbs of significant, fluffy St. Bernard heft who caught a large amount of the really like.

“That is a large doggy,” mentioned Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, standing subsequent to Clarence as he rested in the Capitol. “Am I suitable?”

The light-hearted times encompassing Clarence’s interaction with lawmakers, personnel and journalists, comes right after a tumultuous time on Capitol Hill that has been strike by tragedy this yr. Practically 100 times soon after the Capitol Police suffered the loss of two officers in the wake of the January 6 riot, and a third two months back when a motor vehicle rammed into the barricades, the trio of canine came to ease and comfort officers as they bid farewell to Officer Billy Evans.

Officer Clarence, and his handler Lt. William Gordon, have been at the website of some of the country’s worst tragedies — Sandy Hook, the Las Vegas shootings, the Boston Marathon and the Tree of Daily life Synagogue taking pictures in Pittsburgh. And though his major task is to have a tendency to law enforcement officers, Gordon states there is a good deal of Clarence to go all-around to help ease and comfort absolutely everyone who is impacted by traumatic situations.

US Capitol Police officers pet official police comfort dog Officer Clarence as they wait for the casket of slain U.S. Capitol Police officer William "Billy" Evans to leave the Capitol after he was lying in honor at the Capitol in April.

“Officer Clarence and the other police comfort canine introduced a lot-essential pleasure to the Capitol this week as we mourned the decline of a different heroic USCP officer,” Rep. Mary Homosexual Scanlon told CNN. “You couldn’t see everyone’s smiles hidden guiding our masks, but you could unquestionably truly feel them!”

The 11-calendar year-aged bear of a doggy drew followers from equally chambers.

CNN's Manu Raju with Clarence.
Scanlon and fellow Pennsylvania Rep. Madeleine Dean posed for a picture with the trio, with Dean calling them aspect of their “late night Paw-licy Committee meeting” and that they experienced “so significantly pooch-tential.”

“I preserve jogging into this male in the Capitol. Clarence the law enforcement comfort and ease canine is just the most effective,” Rep. Andy Kim, a New Jersey Democrat, wrote on Twitter, with a pic of Clarence sprawled out on the Rotunda flooring. “I think we should get a person permanently in this article at the Capitol.”

CNN's Lauren Fox is seen with Clarence earlier this week.

Journalists — such as some from CNN — obtained in on the attention as effectively, filling social media with pictures and data about the large pup, like his operate in commercials, Television shows, and for modeling agencies, and Gordon handed out Clarence baseball cards highlighting Clarence’s work and community assistance awards.

“My wife watches on social media and kept observing people today say that Clarence was fourteen many years outdated,” he stated. “And she known as me and explained, ‘hey, he’s only 11.’ So he will continue to be carrying out this for a whilst.”

CNN's Kristin Wilson with Clarence earlier this week.