John McCaslin

"Guests and their dogs will be greeted by the world's finest sparkling wines, champagne and delicious desserts," reads the invitation to the $85 per person (dogs get in free, "no retractable leashes, please") event, although VIPs and top dogs are being begged for $125.

No word on whether the Obamas will have picked out a suitable "Labradoodle or Portuguese water dog for daughters Malia and Sasha in time for the gala, if indeed an invitation was extended to the first family.

The annual event honors Washington Humane Society officers, who work 24 hours a day saving homeless, lost, neglected and abused animals, as well as the society's humane education program that teaches young schoolchildren compassion and respect for animals.


One of Washington's most popular political bloggers is leaving the blogosphere.

Howard Mortman ("Extreme Mortman" as he and his site are better known) is becoming director of communications for C-SPAN, where he will be responsible for the network's relationships with both traditional and online media.

"I look forward to continue working with many of you in this exciting and new nonpartisan, noncommentary basis. I am both thrilled and humbled to be joining C-SPAN and being part of a great American success story," Mr. Mortman states.

His final post: "As for ending this blog, we turn to that old Sephardic proverb — Extreme Mortman: you've read the column, you've seen the show, and now you've lived the blog. One day, we promise, you'll eat the sandwich.

"As Larry Sanders went out saying, 'You may now flip.'"

John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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