Her Honor, the Mayor

Rabbit Hash is a tiny town (and census-designated place) in Boone County, Kentucky. Its most notable building is the Rabbit Hash General Store, which is regarded as the best known and best preserved country store in Kentucky, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places on February 2, 1989.  On February 13, 2016, the store was destroyed by a fire. p bull mayor 1

Around the same time the town abolished the usual election for mayor when residents agreed that they had no need for one.  A least they felt that there was no need for a two-legged one. Instead, they began electing canine mayors.

The first mayor of Rabbit Hash was Hizzonor Goofy Borneman-Calhoun who was inaugurated in 1998.  In 2004 Junior Cochran, a black Lab, assumed office. Unfortunately he died he died a few months later. A special election was held and Lucy Lou, a border collie, became the first female mayor.

And on a recent election day, and after a fair share of paw shaking, a pit bull terrier named Brynneth Pawltro was elected first dog. Brynne shaking paws

She won by a landslide, beating out two other dogs: Lady Stone and Bourbon. There were also a few dark horse candidates – actually make that a donkey, a cat, and a chicken. p bull mayor 2

In order to vote, you do not have to be a resident of the town. You do have to pay one dollar each time you vote. And drinking at the polls is highly encouraged.

Funds raised in this election went towards rebuilding the Rabbit Hash General Store. p bull mayor 6

All together the votes brought in close to $9000. Of this amount, Mayor Brynneth Pawltro fetched in 3367 votes.  And that’s dog-gone amazing for a town with a population of 315.

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And, in honor of our veterans, a word from the Seeing Eye …

 Teddy, a German shepherd puppy sits outside on the grass with a little American flag in his mouth and two flags planted in the soil next to him.
Hello troops. Sarge here.
As you were.
In honor of Veterans Day, I’d like to take a moment to salute and thank our service members. I hope you will, too.
Did you know that the history of The Seeing Eye® – as well as the use of guide dogs in general–is deeply intertwined with military veterans? And German Shepherds, of course.
The Seeing Eye was born out of the German effort to care for their blinded World War I veterans. The guide dog movement really took off in the U.S. because of World War II veterans.
We still work closely with blinded veterans, whether they are blinded through war,  accidents, or eye disease. Underwritten by your generous donations, we provide veterans with training, dogs and support at virtually no cost (well, we charge them $1).
Donors and veterans, thank you both. Just like humans and dogs, you make a great team.

For more on The Seeing Eye, see www.seeingeye.org

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2 thoughts on “Her Honor, the Mayor

  1. Hi Hope you and the kids are well. Looks like great adventures. Enjoyed the story. Hugs and kisses.

    On Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 12:41 PM, Mutts Happening Now wrote:

    > Mutts Happening Now posted: “Rabbit Hash is a tiny town (and > census-designated place) in Boone County, Kentucky. Its most notable > building is the Rabbit Hash General Store, which is regarded as the best > known and best preserved country store in Kentucky, and was added to the > National” >

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