Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has named her new puppy.
The New York Democrat announced Sunday that she and her boyfriend Riley Roberts decided to name the French bulldog puppy ‘Deco,’ after the art deco movement.
‘Deco’s personality has really emerged in the last day or two, now that he’s more comfortable and confident at home,’ Ocasio-Cortez wrote in her Instagram story. ‘He’s a playful, observant, sensitive & affectionate boy.’
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez revealed Sunday that she and partner Riley Roberts had named their new French bulldog puppy ‘Deco’ after the art deco movement
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez debuted Deco on Instagram last week and asked supporters to help her think of a name
The New York Democrat originally thought that Deco should be named something ‘Star Trek related or Bronx/Queens/NYC/social good related’
AOC had initially said they were looking to name the dog something ‘Star Trek related or Bronx/Queens/NYC/social good related.’
But then, ‘a neighbor suggested we name him after an artist.’
‘We loved that idea, and decided to name him after one of Riley and I’s favorite design styles: Art Deco – which is also inspired by themes of optimism & social and technological progress, and is a fixture in
The Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, Radio City Music Hall and ’30 Rock’ are key New York City examples of the style.
Ocasio-Cortez announced the update after posting new images of the puppy out and about in her D.C. neighborhood.
‘Dog in a blanket,’ she captioned a photo of Deco, sitting on her lap during Sunday brunch at Dacha Navy Yard, a restaurant and beer garden located several blocks from her Washington apartment.
Later she posted video where she and Roberts are sitting on a nearby dock that overlooks the Anacostia River, with Deco playing with toys in his open carrier.
Washington saw temperatures on Sunday that neared 70 degrees.
AOC announced her pup’s name Sunday after showing him out and about in her Washington, D.C. neighborhood
First, AOC posted a picture of Deco wrapped in a blanket at brunch at Dacha Navy Yard, a restaurant and beer garden located blocks from her Washington, D.C. home
Then, Deco was seen hanging out with some chew toys on the docks that overlook D.C.’s Anacostia river in AOC’s Navy Yard neighborhood
Last week, AOC took some heat from PETA, with the animal rights group accusing the congresswoman of buying a purebred puppy, instead of adopting an animal from a shelter or a rescue group.
‘With the millions of homeless dogs out there, you apparently chose to buy a purebred puppy instead of adopting one from an animal shelter,’ read the letter, signed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals President Ingrid Newkirk.
Ocasio-Cortez’s office did not respond to multiple requests for comment from DailyMail.com on PETA’s criticism.
‘We really couldn’t believe our eyes, because you are a role model for how to live, so we understand that you didn’t realize what you were doing in this case – you couldn’t have,’ Newkirk’s letter said.
It continued by telling Ocasio-Cortez that choosing a French bulldog was particularly bad.
‘French bulldogs are inbred in order to produce “breed-specific traits,” which cause health problems that many people who will be influenced by your purchase won’t be able to afford to address,’ Newkirk said.
The squishy facial features of Brachycephalic dogs – including French bulldogs, Boston Terriers and Pugs – can lead to breathing, ear, eye, skin and stomach problems.
These problems, Newkirk argued, are all ‘man-made,’ as breeders inbreed dogs to produce flat-faced animals.
AOC hasn’t been open about Deco’s origins.
She’s just posted updates on his progress.
For example, on Wednesday she showed the dog in his crate at her apartment, howling for his humans.
‘Last night,’ she wrote, adding laugh-cry and real-cry emojis. ‘He’s good about his crate when we are right next to it, but he’s such a velcro pup that at night he whimpers if he’s not right next to us. We’re working on it!’
PETA sent a letter to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accusing her of buying Deco from a breeder, as he appears to be a French bulldog
PETA also objected to the congresswoman using a crate with the puppy, suggesting she adopt another dog – a mutt from an animal shelter – to keep him company instead
PETA took issue
‘We’re also sending you a copy of the book Dogs Hate Crates, which explains why crate training is not humane or effective,’ the letter said.
The solution, Newkirk said, was for the congresswoman to adopt another dog.
‘On behalf of the more than 6 million lost, abandoned, or unwanted dogs and cats who enter shelters every year and the people who care for them, we’re asking that you please be a part of the solution to ending the cat- and dog-overpopulation crisis and consider setting the right example for your millions of followers by adopting a mutt and encouraging them to do the same,’ the PETA president said.
‘Not only will you be saving another dog’s life, the new dog will also provide your puppy with the companionship he desperately needs as your busy schedule takes you around the country,’ Newkirk concluded.