Elizabeth Dole and her dog, Leader, at his 13th birthday party Sunday. (Courtesy of Elizabeth Dole. )

Bob and Elizabeth Dole have always been dog people, and proved it again Sunday when they threw a birthday party for Leader, their 13-year-old miniature schnauzer, and 16 other dogs — who had the run of their Watergate apartment.

“Leader loved it,” Elizabeth told us. “His tail was wagging and he greeted every guest like a perfect host.”

The menu included hot dogs, corn dogs, hush puppies and a cake with Leader’s face. Oh, and doggie bags for everyone.

Leader is officially Leader II, a successor to the pooch made famous during Dole’s 1996 presidential campaign. The household now includes Blazer, Leader’s 2-year-old son. That means’s he was 77 (in dog years) when. . . why, Leader, you old dog, you!

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