What Do Mayors and Dogs Have in Common?

  • In some places, everything, because dogs can be Mayors.

Mayors come in lots of shapes, sizes, ages, and even species? It’s true that you don’t have to be a certain height or weight to be mayor. Your age doesn’t even matter in some cases. And in other cases, you may not even have to be human?

At least in Kentucky, you can be a dog, and a mayor. Here’s the story.

A border collie served as the mayor of Rabbit Hash Kentucky and he did so for eight years. This unincorporated community has a history of electing dogs as mayors.

Lucy Lou was elected mayor in 2008, the first female dog to hold the position. As the first female, she appropriately campaigned with the slogan, “The Bitch You Can Count On.”

This fluffy female stepped down in 2016 and a pit bull took her place. The Rabbit Hash Historical Society periodically holds mayoral elections to help raise funds for various community projects. Votes cost $1 each.

Because it’s for fundraising, people can vote as many times as they want. When Lucy was elected in 2008 she beat out 10 other dogs, a cat, an opossum, and a jack ass for the job.

This wasn’t the only political spot Lucy wanted to hold. She made a bid for president ahead of the 2016 election with her owner and campaign manager stating that, “All the other presidential candidates are dogs. Why shouldn’t a real one run?” Ha, good point.

This pup has since passed and was 12 years old when she died on Monday. She will always be remembered though all are sad to see her go.

“She was an astounding canine who brought joy to many more people than just her immediate family,” Lucy’s owner Bobbi Kayser wote. “I’m so proud to have known her and shared these short years on earth with her. Run free and easy, sweet girl. Momma loves you.”

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