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For National Dog Day, Let's Meet The 2020 Candidates For America's Next First Pup

We all know almost every trivia detail about the 2020 Democratic candidates for president. But do we know their dogs? In honor of National Dog Day which celebrated every year on August 26th, meet the canines inspiring to become America's next First pooch. 

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    Joe Biden - Major and Champ

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    Joe and Jill Biden adopted a German shepherd named Major from the Delaware Humane Association in 2018. The former foster pup befriended the family's other German shepherd, Champ, who's known to accompany the former VP to his office in Washington from time to time.


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    Elizabeth Warren- Bailey

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    After losing her beloved golden retriever Otis in 2012, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren feared she wouldn't be able to love another dog. That's until the summer of 2018, when her husband, Harvard law professor Bruce Mann, gifted her a new retriever named Bailey.


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    Beto O'Rourke - Artemis

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    The former Senate hopeful from Texas seems to add an animal to his collection every day, and he regularly spotlights them on his Instagram stories. The family lost their 16-year-old black Labrador retriever, Rosie, in July. But O'Rourke proudly shared his Vanity Fair cover with his other black lab, Artemis.


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    Kirsten Gillibrand -Maple

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    Gillibrand adopted Maple, a labradoodle as sweet as her name, in 2017. She's known to make appearances at the New York senator's campaign headquarters, where she's showered in love and even plays some basketball.



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    Pete Buttigieg - Truman and Buddy

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    Both of the South Bend mayor's dogs are rescues and also share a popular twitter account, where they explore their Indiana digs and root for their presidential candidate dad. Buttigieg and his husband Chasten adopted Labrador-beagle mix Truman in 2017 and Buddy, a portly one-eyed puggle, came home one year later.


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    Tim Ryan- Bear and Buckeye

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    The Ohio congressman went to a shelter for one dog and came home with these two sweet-eyed Labrador mixes. Buckeye shares his name with Ohio's state tree, and Bear shares his with any teddy that's as fluffy as him.


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    Michael Bennet - Pepper

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    The Colorado senator promised his three daughters if he won his first campaign, he'd get them a dog. He did, so they ended up with Pepper, a tiny black Pomeranian mix they adopted through a Prison Trained K-9 Companion Program. Dogs are rescued from shelters statewide and paired with prisoners who train them before they're adopted by people outside of prison.

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