April 24, 2014 at 12:42 PM ET
With his daughters grown and on their own, Secretary of State John Kerry brought the next best thing to Thursday's “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work" day: his yellow Labrador retriever.
“This is Ben, everybody,” Kerry told the gathering of employees and their children at the State Department before the 1-year-old pup jumped up on the podium and then walked around it to pounce playfully on the sign-language interpreter.
“There’s one rule in show business — don’t do anything with kids or animals," Kerry said. "I'm breaking those rules today big time."
Kerry told the group that he named his dog is named after Ben Franklin, America’s “first diplomat.”
About his own pooch, Kerry noted that “he’s actually the diplo-mutt.”
It wasn't the first time Ben's been called that by his owner. Two days ago, Kerry wished Ben a happy first birthday on Twitter, calling attention to his dog's own Twitter account, with the appropriately named handle, @DiploMutt. Ben has yet to send out any tweets, but he has already more than 600 followers,