The small Swedish village of Svappavaara – so small that it doesn’t even have a high-res satellite image on Google Maps – has elected its first puppy mayor. In a close election, the pup named Miss Britney Houston, defeated the incumbent, Nils Engström, by 3 votes. The dog overwhelming captured the village’s youth vote, winning about 95% of support from the town’s 82 residents under 35 years old.
Many expressed joy at the dog’s election to the town’s highest political post.
“Britney ran a clean campaign around the issues,” said Karina Holmberg, an elementary school teacher who moved to Svappavaara from Stockholm last year. “Her slate of progressive ideas will move us forward.”
Others were less enthused by the result, however.
“This just goes to show that it’s too easy to get on the ballot,” said town elder Lasse Söderström. “I mean, a dog! Can you imagine it? It’s a mockery of demcracy. What’s next? A goat? A falcon with a hat?”
Holmberg admitted it will take some time to bring the town together. “There will need to be some healing after such a close election, certainly,” she said.
Houston assumes office in December.
Gérard, a dog and aspiring model, has posed for a highly anticipated series of photographs for up-an-coming Belgian photographer Jacqueline Eerkens. The photos will be displayed at Galerie Trois in Paris next month.
“Gérard has become my muse,” said Eerkens to a Dutch TV station last week. “His ease and fluidity in front of the camera. His total lack of inhibition. He is… how do you say it… terrible… no, that’s– magnificent! He is magnificent.”
The exhibit is expected to draw record crowds, and the pup has already received numerous modeling offers, including a reported six figure offer from Calvin Klein to model a new line of doggy kerchiefs.
He is represented by the Marilyn Agency.
Via Cusco Pics.
via Phoebe the Bully
The jury is still out on the changing seasons for local dog Burdock, according to sources close to the situation.
“He’s really a creature of habit,” said close friend Amy Shafak. “It takes him awhile to get used to a new season. The sights, the smells, the tastes, the temperature. And then once he’s finally settled in, things are changing all over again.”
The dog, who lives outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which has a true four-season climate, has been contemplating a move. Friends say Burdock wants to move some place either much warmer, which was surprising given his Husky heritage.
“When he said he wanted to move, I was thinking Juneau or Reykjavik or something. But he’s look at places in L.A. and San Diego,” said Shafak. “Places with a pretty narrow range as far as seasons are concerned, but not the kind of climates I figured he’d be into.”