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Howl Contributor Heads to U.S. Senate. UPDATE.
Minnesota Supreme Court declares Al Franken the winner.
Dog lover Al Franken goes to Washington.

[UPDATE: At the risk of really upsetting the anti-Franken faction out there, we had to point out that our hopes that Sen. Al Franken's personal passion for dogs would translate into action are already being realized. He announced his first legislative goal --funding to train service dogs to assist veterans. Good for dogs and veterans.


According to a column in Star Tribune, Franken was inspired by a wounded Iraq war veteran he met at the innauguration. Franken writes: "Service dogs … can be of immense benefit to vets suffering from physical and emotional wounds. Yes, they provide companionship. But they can also detect changes in a person's breathing, perspiration or scent to anticipate and ward off an impending panic attack with some well-timed nuzzling. They are trained to let their masters know when it's time to take their medication and to wake them from terrifying nightmares."]


In a unanimous ruling, Minnesota's highest court upheld a lower court decision that Democrat Al Franken defeated Republican Norm Coleman in one squeaker of a race last fall. A mere 312 votes put Franken in the United States Senate, where we hope the freshman will proudly display a copy of Howl: A Collection of the Best Contemporary Dog Wit (from the editors of The Bark), which features his story, “Kirby.”


We figure it has to be good news for dogs that a guy who penned the line—“I have to be careful when I get home to kiss my wife before I kiss my eight-year-old black Lab”—is headed for Congress.

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Submitted by Kathy Konetzka-Close | July 6 2009 |

Y'know, bringing up Al Franken in mixed conversation can be a loaded experience, but I love him--always have, always will, even when I think he's jumped the shark. So I wish him warm congratulations in his Senate victory, and ask that he give Kirby a kiss from me!!

Submitted by Eric Goebelbecker | July 20 2009 |

It's great to see someone arrive in the Senate and immediately get to work on important legislation like this! Best of luck Senator Franken!

Submitted by Lisa Wogan | July 22 2009 |

Check out the latest entry in the Humane Society Legislative Fund blog -- http://hslf.typepad.com/political_animal/ -- which breaks out more details about legislation funding dogs for veterans and a program that teaches wounded veterans to help train shelter dogs and make them more adoptable.

Submitted by Lisa Wogan | July 27 2009 |

Franken's bill funding three-year pilot program for service dogs for veterans passes!

Submitted by Alan Christensen | November 19 2010 |

I am a veteran and I have PTSD I was told by a Dr at the VA I should get another dog. I was there because I had a very hard time dealing with the death of my dog. She was a Golden Retriever GermanShepard mix and she was 14 years old but she had cancer and we had to have her put to sleep. It tore me up pretty bad. I don't know where to look in my area other than just to go to the local animal shelter and adopt. If you have any advice I would appreciate it. Thanks, Alan

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