Congress May Soon Let Us Bring Dogs on Special Squee Trains


Good news, lovers of furry domestic mammals! The House of Representatives introduced legislation on Tuesday that would require Amtrak (the government-subsidized rail system that brings so much joy to so many commuters along the Northeastern corridor) to let passengers bring their dogs or cats on specially-designated trains, thus introducing the possibility for an adorable, all-puppy remake of Strangers on a Train.

According to the HuffPo, the Pets on Trains Act of 2013 — a bipartisan bill co-sponsored by Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) and Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) — would reverse Amtrak’s current policy of no puppies or kittens allowed unless they are traveling with people with disabilities. Everyone can get behind a bill that allows people to bring their pets more places, and a few more pets to brighten up the Trenton to Manhattan train ride would probably keep dead-eyed, half-sleeping commuters from fantasizing about the dramatic ways they’re going to quit their jobs, dye their hair, leave their families, and start a goat farm in France. Really, pets on trains is just a clever trick that THE MAN is using to keep all the working drones from awakening to the hell that is their daily routine.

Also, dogs (generally) love going on adventures. Just ask the badass subway dogs in Moscow, who bypassed the legislative process in order to go on train rides.


Image via AP, Anna Shevelyova

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