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The first dogs are leaving the White House. Emily Drooby (@emilydrooby) has the story. Buzz60

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With the 2020 election looming, we can't help but ask one important question — will one of these pups be the nation's new first dog? One thing's for sure: These furry companions of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates all very good girls and boys.

None of the candidates have yet brought their dogs to Iowa or the other early states to campaign (and may we ask, WHY NOT?) although many of them have gotten up close with some Iowa dogs. 

But we don't feel snubbed. We still want to introduce to the dogs of the campaign: 

Michael Bennet and Pepper

Colorado Sen. Michael Bennett promised his three daughters a pet after the 2010 election. The family adopted Pepper from a prison program that rescues dogs from shelters along with a cat, Captain Flint. 

Joe Biden and Major

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden posted in December that he and his family had adopted Major, "a German Shepherd we rescued a few months back." 

The Bidens have long had an affinity for German shepherds: Biden first adopted Champ — also a German shepherd — back in 2008 shortly after he was elected as vice president. 

Pete Buttigieg and Buddy and Truman

Buddy and Truman have their own Twitter page (@firstdogsSB) where they tweet about everything from peanut butter to their dads — oh, and post tons of selfies.

When asked what he missed most about home on Sunday, the South Bend, Indiana, mayor returned the love: “Dogs, right? You need creatures in your life that don’t care about politics, and the dogs provide that.”

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Happy #InternationalDogDay!

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Beto O’Rourke and Artemis 

The former representative from Texas and his family share their home with Artemis, a 4-year-old pup, as well as Silver the cat. They recently said goodbye to Rosie, a 16-year-old dog O'Rourke honored with a post on his Instagram.

Joe Sestak and Belle

Sestak posted a video on Twitter on Monday introducing the world to his dog, Belle. The cockapoo was a present to his daughter, Alex, for her third birthday. Belle is 15 now, Alex says, and "doing well for a lady of a certain age." 

Elizabeth Warren and Bailey 

Warren's golden retriever, Bailey, was present for her 2020 candidacy announcement and has been along on the campaign trail ever since, even hosting a behind-the-scenes look at Warren's first campaign speech. 

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Happy #NationalDogDay to our very good boy, Bailey!

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And a few more pups we love, whose human is no longer running for president ...

Tim Ryan and Bear and Buckeye

Ryan features his two dogs, Bear and Buckeye (aptly named for the representative from Ohio), prominently on his Instagram. Ryan says in a tweet that the pair were adopted from a shelter in Struthers, Ohio, and encourages others looking for a fluffy companion to adopt, not shop. 

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Made it home just in time.

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