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.
Why watch Democrats and Republicans face off when their mascots can do it for them
Filibuster: The full name of Andy’s dog in Toy Story
GOP: Grand Old Puppy
And the GOP controls the Mouse of Representatives
Claw enforcement: Just one of the many (re: MANY) agencies affected by the shutdown
Obamacare: How Obama shows Sunny and Bo how much he cares