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Golden Retriever Elected As Town Mayor

It may seem far-fetched, but a golden retriever is a actually serving as mayor of a small community in California.

Maximus Mighty Dog Mueller II, or as he’s commonly known by locals, Mayor Max, has been serving the town of Idyllwild for five years, a successor to his canine uncle.


“His role is to make the world a better place by conveying unconditional love and doing as many good deeds for others,” said the dog’s chief of staff and owner Phyllis Mueller, according to ABC13 News. “My role as the chief of staff is to help run the vision of the mayor’s office for Idyllwild, so we actually run an actual mayor’s office.”

Mayor Max frequently interacts with locals and tourists, showing off his special tricks and devouring any treats that come his way.

Not exactly a ruff life.

But he also gives back. Max and his doggy deputy pals are often featured guests at charity events.

“Max is awesome,” praised resident Andrea Valadez. “He is super friendly and he lets my son give him treats.”

In 2012, Max’s uncle was elected mayor, besting more than a dozen other dogs and a couple cats, explained Mueller.

“Six years ago, Idyllwild decided to elect its first mayor,” she said. “You had to be a local resident, but you couldn’t run yourself, you could run your pet. In a voted election, 14 dogs and two cats ran and we decided to have an election to raise money for the animal rescue. So you paid $1 a vote and you were encouraged to vote a lot.”

As noted by ABC13 News, “Mayor Max will hold his ceremonial role for his lifetime.”


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