Stubbs the Mayor Cat is not sure if his attack was a covert, hostile plan by a canine's political agenda, but it is hoped the 16-year-old yellow tabby beloved by the 800 residents of Talkeetna and perhaps all through the U.S. might be on his way to recovery. Late Wednesday evening, the Facebook page Stubbs the Mayor Cat announced:
"Thank you everyone for your well wishes during my recovery. While at this point in time it is impossible to know whether my attack was politically motivated, I do hope that the government will seriously consider providing me with some Secret Service protection in the future to assist in preserving my remaining 8 lives. I am thankful for the opportunity to continue leading the great town of Talkeetna onwards to brighter tomorrows."
One hour ago, however Mayor Stubbs tweeted:
Mayor Stubbs, a cat. @MayorStubbs 1h
UPDATE: the Mayor is still in critical condition. A Laser Pointer Vigil is scheduled for later this evening. No dogs, obvs.
Mayor Stubb's was attacked by a loose dog on Saturday night. For hours, the senior feline hid until his human companion checked one of the cat's favorite hiding places, and slowly Mayor Stubb's crawled out. He was rushed to the veterinarian's office in Wasilla where the feisty feline suffered a punctured lung, a fractured sternum, and a five inch gash in his side. On Tuesday the chest tube was removed, and he was breathing on his own. Since then, the cat's prognosis has been guarded.
So how did a cat become a "purr-fect" politician? According to CNN.com, for 16 years Mayor Stubbs has been the honorary mayor of Talkeetna, after residents grew tired of the previous political venue. Lauri Stec, the manager of the local general store found a box full of kittens one day outside of her door, and kept the peculiar little yellow tabby and named him "Stubbs" because he had no tail.
Stubbs became the favorite, and when he became a write-in candidate, the cat won the election.
Talkeetna isn't the only place where four-legged friends reach their political aspirations and have had to suffer the consequences and dangers of public service.
In Jupiter, Fla., a 15-year-old Yorkshire terrier named Dion campaigned the picturesque beaches of the dog friendly South Florida coastal town of Jupiter with approximately 40,000 year-round residents. The adorable pint sized pooch, along with his human companion, Mark Zisk hit the campaign trail along the beach, coupled with a carefully planned strategy of utter cuteness on social media. Little Dion's Facebook page brimmed over with admiration, and of course the needed votes to win the election.
Dion's platform has always been to promote dog friendly beaches, animal rescue, and good will; that is until four years ago when the Yorkie was attacked by an unleashed dog. The attack was so devastating, Dion almost lost the use of his back legs, but his devotion to his political office and well wishers everywhere, Dion's spinal injuries only made him change his platform a bit, but never deterred him from his public duties. With an adjustment to his daily beach walks, Zisk plopped the canine courier of good will into a basket on his bicycle, and almost every day the two ride for miles and miles posing for pictures and promoting Jupiter beach to bikers, joggers, walkers, surfers and tourists.
A few years ago, Dion was joined by a rescue pooch - most likely a combination of Yorkshire terrier and Chihuahua. Often the three ride together.
"Dion, Frankie and I wish you a speedy recovery Mayor Stubbs. What our four-legged friends do to our country to promote kindness and understanding is very important," stated Zisk.
Many wishes for a speedy recovery. Please feel free to send your wishes here to Mayor Stubbs; all get well wishes will be forwarded to him.
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