Pet Politics: Animals Who Have Run for Office

In my last blog post, I wrote about my desire to choose the next president from new parties – cats and dogs. Apparently, I’m not the first person who found the idea of an animal politician more appealing than the human variety. An Internet search revealed that a number of pets have run for, and held, political office in the United States.
Satchel the Dog – Running as a candidate for the ‘Bully Party’ with the slogan ‘Together we will bring “A New Day for America,”' this attractive canine has his sights set on the White House in 2012. He also has a Facebook page with over 1300 ‘likes’.
Hank the Cat – Running for Senator in Virginia, Hank comes from a background of poverty. Born to a single mother on the streets, he spent time in the Big House (aka animal shelter) before his rescue by Animal Allies and subsequent rise to political fame. He even has his own website and door-to-door political canvassers.
Lucy Lou – Current mayor of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky, this lovely red and white Border Collie is the third canine politician to preside over the town. According to the town’s website, Ms. Lou supports feline and canine access to the General Store as well as fundraising opportunities.
Boston Curtis – Elected Republican Precinct Committeeman in Milton, Washington in 1938, this mule is one of the earliest animal politicians on record.
Stubbs the Cat – This beautiful ginger kitty may very well hold the record for longest feline time in political office. He has served as the Honorary Mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska for 15 years and even has his own Twitter feed.

Are you ready to vote for Satchel or write-in another furry candidate’s name on this year’s election ballot? Let’s discuss pets and politics in the comments.

Julie Perkins

About Julie Perkins

A self-professed "crazy cat lady" and slave to three furry masters, Julie loves all things fuzzy. Throughout her life, she has been owned by cats, dogs, rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, fish and even a hermit crab. A freelance writer who has perfected the fine art of typing with one hand (because there is a cat on top of the other one), she lives in Colorado with her husband and a menagerie of critters.

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