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I cover Congress, and one of the coolest secrets about my job is the furry, four-legged friend I get to bring to work everyday.

Mickey Chang is my effervescent, forever loving, black and white Shih Tzu. You may not know this — but the U.S. Capitol is the most dog-friendly workplace you will ever find. And come on — anyone who has to watch Congress all day needs a therapy dog.

And besides, Mickey loves schmoozing with senators.

Lawmakers have been bringing their dogs to the U.S. Capitol since the 1800s, according to the Senate Historian’s Office.

“In the late 19th century and the early 20th century, all the reporting about dogs has to do with dogs fighting or being on the loose in some way,” says Assistant Senate Historian Dan Holt.

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Photos: Ailsa Chang/NPR