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Washington has changed the Pence family.

The Indiana natives, Mike, his wife Karen, and their daughter, have traditionally been a cat family. When the Pences moved into the vice presidential residence, they moved with two cats, Oreo and Pickle.

Earlier this year, the Pences announced a departure from feline pets, introducing the world to their bunny, Marlon Bundo. Bundo's fame skyrocketed, and the rabbit has its own Instagram account.

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Earlier this month, tragedy struck. Oreo passed away, leaving a hole in the Pence family pet zeitgeist.

Tragedy.

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However, being true-blooded real Americans, the Pences were not about to let the loss of a cat stop them from having animal companionship. In fact, they were going to trade up in the pet department and replace that cat with a dog.

On Father's Day, the vice president was surprised by his family with an Australian Shepherd puppy. Since science has proven that dogs are better than cats, the move is clearly a good one. Bravo, Pence family!

A better choice for America.

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Special. Wow.

The internet rejoiced in the move:

Of course, there is no such thing as a truly happy ending. The Pence family did indeed adopt another cat named Hazel.

Although, this Pence family pet photo is improved greatly with a dog. Most of America agrees.

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All of us at Independent Journal Review wish Harley and Hazel a happy Washington D.C. homecoming.

Please note: This is a commentary piece. The views and opinions expressed within it are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect the editorial opinion of IJR.