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Top dog! Family pet is elected mayor of Californian town

Daily Mail

A golden retriever has become a town’s newly elected mayor.

Maximus Mighty Dog Mueller II, but more commonly known as Mayor Max, is the new top dog in the picturesque mountainside town of Idyllwild, California.

His duties include cruising around in a personalised pickup truck, making public appearances, ribbon cuttings and performing commands for treats.  

Idyllwild is a non-incorporated town so it has no human mayor, so the Animal Rescue Friends (RAF) decided to sponsor an election.

Maximus Mighty Dog Mueller II, but more commonly known as Mayor Max (pictured)  is the elected mayor of Idyllwild, California
Dog duties: the major pictured in his own personalised pickup truck making public appearances

The town held their an animal election in 2012, when 14 cats and 2 dogs ran for the place of mayor.

Mayor Max I, who has since passed away, won a landslide victory and was elected with two thirds of the constituents vote.

Phyllis Mueller, Mayor Max’s Chief of Staff told ABC: ‘Six years ago, Idyllwild decided to elect its first mayor.

‘You had to be a local resident, but you couldn’t run yourself, you could run your pet.’

Mayor Max has also been joined by Deputy Mayor Mikey, and Deputy Mayor Mitzi

New mayor Max has also been joined by Deputy Mayor Mikey, and Deputy Mayor Mitzi, who are all related.

The three dogs are all related to their predecessor Mayor Max I and they all share a common ancestor- Mikey and Mitzi are siblings from the same litter while Max is a cousin.

The dynamic trio, who are the most popular canines in the the town, are referred to as ‘the Mayors of Idyllwild.’

Recent important duties for Mayor Max included supporting the towns local businesses after wildfires damaged property.

Mr Mueller said: ‘His role is to make the world a better place by conveying unconditional love and doing as many good deeds for others.’

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5 Responses to Top dog! Family pet is elected mayor of Californian town

  1. Darzak says:

    ” His duties include cruising around in a personalised pickup truck, making public appearances, ribbon cuttings and performing commands for treats. ”

    Sounds like most mayors, particularly the part about the treats.

  2. DL. says:

    Well, he’s certainly cuter than Henry, the mayor of Lajitas, Texas, which is along the Rio Grande and about 100 miles south of here…BTW, Henry is a goat.

  3. Bill in IL says:

    I think this should catch on! Imagine how much better life would be if we replaced every politician in the lands with dogs and cats.

  4. Enemy of the State says:

    Well pretty good chance he will be more loyal than any one before or after him

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