The ballots are in and it’s true – every dog has his day. In this case, maybe even a few of them. In a landslide victory (TWELVE votes cast!), the nine-year-old incumbent Great Pyrenees named Duke has been reelected as Mayor of the tiny village Cormorant in Minnesota. According to Duke’s owner, Cormorant resident David Rick, the only vote cast against him was one for his girlfriend, Lassie. (That bitch!)
Yes, though Duke was an accidental winner three years ago when someone paid $1 to vote and write his name in, the last few years of his term have given Duke some of the highest approval ratings for any politician in the country, and there’ve been no lame duck days of his reign! (Except, during duck season. Then all bets are off!)
And while Cormorant resident (and Mayor Duke’s ‘caretaker’) Karen Nelson said, “I don’t know who would run against him because he’s done such great things for the community,” it seems that one brave soul did. Local store owner Richard Sherbrook decided to throw his frisbee, er, hat in the ring and fought for the highly coveted, ceremonial position. A gracious loser (though not really a loser, since he voted for Duke too!), Mr. Sherbrook was reported to say, “‘I’m going to back the dog 100 percent. He’s a sportsman and he likes to hunt. He’ll really protect the town.” (Shattering the stereotype that “That dog won’t hunt!).
His Honor Duke’s days are surely filled with lots of policy making (dog treats and justice for all!) and mingling with constituents and village visitors, but mostly, he takes care of business on the family farm or rides around town with his
town advisor little Chihuahua buddy Sparky, who belongs to Ms. Nelson. Occasionally, as politicians do, he’ll hang out at the local pub, listening to the people (and scrounging for pets!). His biggest contribution in office thus far has been raising awareness for various local charities – being the bark, we mean, voice of the people.
We know Duke’s days in office will be busy, as it is definitely a dog-eat-dog world out there, but we’ve no doubt he’s up to the challenge to continue to make his little part of America Great (Pyrenees) again!
Lori Ennis is a wife, mama and friend to all animals. A self-confessed “Hot Mess,” she lives wherever the Marine Corps takes her husband. Currently, that’s Maryland with her very spoiled Labrador Retriever-mix rescue pups and a ton of saltwater fish just tanking around. Lori’s family has fostered dogs for years, mostly Golden Retrievers, and knows no home is complete without an animal buddy (or seven)!