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Colombia’s vice president has a great excuse for refusing office: His dog

Angelino Garzon. (EPA)

Instantly putting himself in the running for political candor awards, Colombian Vice President Angelino Garzon eschewed the tired spend-more-time-with-my-family cliche and went with a much rarer reason for turning down a government job: His dog would get too hot.

Garzon had been nominated to be Colombia’s ambassador to Brazil, but apparently the Amazon nation’s tropical climate would not suit his beloved German shepherd, Orion. In an interview with Colombia’s Semana magazine, Garzon said that he had a “very hairy” dog and that Brasilia’s weather might “harm him.”

“This is not a dog of the vice-presidency of the republic, it’s a family dog,” Garzon told reporters. "Wherever Angelino Garzon goes, the dog goes."

Colombia’s foreign minister, Maria Angela Holguin, has not been impressed with his pet loyalty. She was quoted saying the VP’s reasons for turning down the job were “very embarrassing.” And in a letter Garzon wrote about why, she assumed his personal reasons were “much deeper than that the climate would affect a dog.”

And for what it’s worth, the photos on the Web site of the Kennel Club de Brasilia suggest that dogs can live quite happily there.

Joshua Partlow is The Post’s bureau chief in Mexico. He has served previously as the bureau chief in Kabul and as a correspondent in Brazil and Iraq.



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