When it comes to local politics, things can get dicey.
Power. Greed. The current state of affairs.
And for lack of better terms, the politics of it all can be one huge eye roll.
So one town in California recently decided to put their faith into the paws of someone they truly believed would have their best intentions at heart.
He’s a Golden Retriever and he runs a town in California.
Yes, you read that correctly.
This doggo is THE TOWN’S MAYOR AND HE IS SUCH A GOOD BOY, YES HE IS, YES HE IS, AREN’T YOU MR. MAX THE MAYOR?!
The town of Idyllwild has not just entrusted this doggo to be man’s best friend, but also – man’s trusted mayor.
The mayor’s full name you ask?
Maximus Might Dog Mueller II.
And if you had any doubt he was born to be a leader, you can just go ahead and read that name one more time because YOWZA that title means business.
But don’t let that name intimidate you.
To the people of Idyllwild, Maximus is known as Mayor Max and has been in office for five years.
But surprisingly enough, Max was not the first dog to hold the title of Mayor in the small town.
Max’s uncle was actually the first canine mayor in office back in 2012.
“Six years ago, Idyllwild decided to elect its first mayor,” Mayor Max’s Chief of Staff, Phyllis Mueller, told ABC.
“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.”
The happy doggo can be seen in his personalized pickup truck, grinning floppy ear to floppy ear.
Oh, but we should mention he is not driving it.
He is chauffeured around so he may connect with his town and make public appearances, hey – it comes with the job, right?
“His role is to make the world a better place by conveying unconditional love and doing as many good deeds for others,” Mueller shared.
“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.”
And it sounds like the untraditional mayor isn’t going anywhere soon – as locals and out of towners are smitten with the pup’s way or running things.
“Max is awesome,” visitor Andrea Valadez told KMIR TV. “He is super friendly and he lets my son give him treats.”
Perks of the job, eh Max?
It is said that Mayor Max will be able to hold his ceremonial role for his entire lifetime, which we hope is very long.
And that is nothing to bark at.
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