Now available: new poems in the Things to Do with you Dog series – “Government Shutdown!” This poetry book is a sequel of sorts to “Things to do on Vacation in Washington DC with your Dog.” We visited Washington, DC in early February right after a government shutdown had temporarily ended. It’s only been lifted for a few days. The shutdown went on for about a month, the longest in US history. Technically, the government wasn’t shutdown when we arrived, but because it was a weekend a lot of things were shutdown anyway. This is sort of an insider’s guide to what do in DC if you want to do something a little different or if you do indeed visit during a shutdown.