10/03/2013 AT 10:45 AM ET
If President Barack Obama was sitting next to us, we’d ask him to explain the government shutdown, why it happened and when it’s going to be over.
But he’s kind of busy right now, so we asked our pets to tell us what’s going down in Paw-shington, D.C., instead.
Furlough: an impossibly furry animal, including but not limited to cats, dogs, rabbits and specific breeds of owls.
Cute as this guy may be, we need the shutdown to not last fur-ever
Filibuster: The full name of Andy’s dog in Toy Story
GOP: Grand Old Puppy
My paw-ty’s politics are very important to me
And the GOP controls the Mouse of Representatives
It’s all about the paper chase, am I right?
Claw enforcement: Just one of the many (re: MANY) agencies affected by the shutdown
In the meantime, let’s learn to use our words (meows?)
Diane Collins and Jordan Hollender/Getty
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We don’t believe there’s anyone in America who wouldn’t want to ensure these two are properly looked after
Courtesy of White House