Wonkette’s novel may not come out for a couple of months, but Dog Days officially arrived in Washington last night, as the social elite of Washington’s canine world descended on Les Halles.

Campari, the favored child of the Examiner’s Gossip Karen Feld, celebrated his second birthday (which would make him entering his angst-ridden teen years in people years) with a crowd of a half-a-dozen dogs and about 40 people ranging from political satirist Mark Russell to Charlie Brotman, the legendary RFK stadium announcer.

Les Halles Proprietor Philippe Lajaunie (above left) hosted the shin-dig, and provided the birthday dog (above middle) and other attending canines with steak tartar for dinner–although Campari’s vet, Lee Morgan, one of the guests of honor, restricted the celebrant to only a few bites–and a special doggie cake. Dogs shorter than a bottle of Bordeaux were welcome for the terrace party.

Human guests dined on cake, snacks, and Campari Italian soda.

More photos after the jump.

The twilight scene.

The doggie birthday dinner, and appropriately named soda.

The human birthday cake.

Feld, Campari, and Examiner Editor John Wilpers.

Charlie Brotman leads the crowd in singing “Happy Birthday.”

Feld, Campari, and Mark Russell