Moviegoers might remember Bodie’s adorable mug from the
Robert Downey Jr. caper, in which he was one of the dogs who played Sonny the pooch. They might recall the plastic Elizabethan collar that Sonny sported. But the celebu-pup is most famous for the scenes in the flick in which he . . . er, pleasures himself. The dog gag becomes a running joke in the lowbrow comedy.
Lawmakers will have the chance to have their picture taken with Bodie in the ornate Cannon Caucus Room on Thursday night. Members of Congress often pop by the annual event, a favorite of Hill pet lovers, sometimes with their own four-legged friends.
The Animal Health Institute, which reps animal-drug makers, usually draws the hottest animal actors du jour. Last year’s VIC (Very Important Canine) was George, the Great Dane who starred in the movie “Marmaduke.” This year, Bodie will have family-friendly feline company: Also scheduled to attend is Cheeto, the cat who appeared in the animated movie “The Smurfs” as the nasty Azrael, sidekick to the evil wizard Gargamel.
Alex Mathews, the institute’s president, acknowledges that Bodie was an edgy choice.
“For us, that’s pushing it,” he says. “We’re right on the edge.” But he says Hill folks and administration types love mingling with four-legged stars. “It’s like touching a part of the movies,” he says.
Taking a ’stan?
The focus at the U.N. gathering in Manhattan this month is on the Palestinian move to join the organization — and attempts by Washington to maneuver around having to veto that application.
But there’s another vote that some folks are watching — the effort by tiny Kyrgyzstan to get a regional two-year seat on the Security Council. Kyrgyzstan, for background, is the only one of the five ’stans (not to be confused with the Five Satins) to have a parliamentary democracy, headed by a popular president (she’s barred from a second term). In contrast, other famous leaders in that region have included Turkmenistan’s former dictator
Saparmurat Niyazov, who had the month of April changed in honor of his mother.
Kyrgyzstan has expressed interest for more than a decade in being one of the two countries from the Asia region to get one of these terms. These seats, while not including veto power, are considered a source of great pride. A while back, it appeared maybe this was going to happen. Kyrgyzstan had publicly asked permanent member France for support.
But then U.S. frenemy Pakistan, obviously a heavy hitter in the region, decided it wanted its seventh two-year seat. (India, after all, is on its seventh rotation.) The United States generally doesn’t get involved in these matters — except to block countries such as Libya (until Condi and Gaddafi
close) and Burma and Sudan.