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[REGIONAL NEWS] ‘He’d like to see peace on Earth’: how a dog became mayor of a California town

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Mayor Max spends his days promoting local businesses and charities and attending town events in Idyllwild, California./ Photograph: Courtesy Phyllis Mueller

Idyllwild’s highest-ranking official may not have political power, but he has the tiny town’s heart in his paws

By Matthew Cantor |The Guardian

The mayor of Idyllwild, California, was “born into public service”, according to his top aide. He took office at just 11 weeks old and spends nearly every day engaging with his constituents and spreading his hopes for world peace. He does it largely in the nude, though he wears a tie and an array of hats.

Mayor Maximus Mighty-Dog Mueller II, age six, is a golden retriever on a mission: “In his heart, he would like to see peace on Earth in his lifetime,” said his chief of staff and human companion, Phyllis Mueller.

Reached by, the mayor was playing outside. He accepted the call but had little to say on the phone. Mueller, however, relayed his charter: “to make the world a better place by conveying unconditional love and doing as many good deeds for others as possible.”


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