Former North Dakota Sen. Kent Conrad is mourning the death of Dakota, his beloved dog that had become a fixture on Capitol Hill.
The bichon frise died last week due to complications of lymphoma. Dakota was diagnosed with the disease in 2011.
Conrad tells The Forum (http://bit.ly/YQkGrS ) that Dakota was a fighter and had battled the disease valiantly for more than a year.
Conrad and his wife, Lucy, adopted Dakota in spring 2009 from a rescue shelter when the pooch was about 10 years old.
The dog had become very popular in Washington and was dubbed the "101st senator" by NBC's Brian Williams.
Conrad says people loved having an animal in that setting because it made them feel more at home.