Vice President Pence Adds New Puppy And Kitten To His Cuddle Cabinet

By Travis Greenwood

Eschewing traditional Father's Day gifts like neckwear and golf clubs, the Pence family surprised their dad Mike, the Vice President of the United States, with two new pets — a puppy and a kitten — over the holiday weekend.

Pence's wife Karen revealed the new appointees to the family's cuddle cabinet in a pair of tweets.

First up was Hazel, a tiny gray tabby with soft green eyes and striking tiger stripes. Per reports, she was adopted from a pet supply store in the Pences' home state of Indiana.

"We welcomed a new kitten to our family during our trip back home to Indiana this weekend! Introducing: Hazel!"

Accompanying her and the VP on the flight back to Washington D.C. was Harley, an adorable Australian shepherd mix that also appeared to be born and raised in the Hoosier state.

"And... for Father's Day, we surprised @VP with an Indiana puppy! Introducing: Harley!"

The Veep's Press Secretary, Marc Lott, documented the touching scene just before they boarded Air Force 2.

"New Second Dog - Harley - got his first ride on Air Force Two with @VP. Next exploring the grounds & house at Vice President's Residence."

The new additions will join the family's other pets — Pickles the cat and a rabbit dubbed Marlon Bundo — at the Naval Observatory in Washington D.C.

Bundo, who has become something of a social media sensation since relocating to the nation's capitol, officially welcomed Hazel and Harley to his squad with a post on Instagram.

"My grandparents brought some new siblings home for me to play with! They should go to Indiana every weekend!"

The news comes on the heels of the recent passing of Oreo, the family's 13-year-old tuxedo kitty.

"Rest in peace Oreo. You touched a lot of hearts in your little life. Our family will miss you very much."

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