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Pawblic Service Indeed! Story of Dog Who Became Mayor of This California town

He took office at just 11 weeks old.

Newyork, June 5, 2019: 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.

As reported by  The Guardian , 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, 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.”

It’s not an easy job. “We come out into the public every day, including in bad weather, snow and rain,” in an effort to spread happiness, Mueller said. Residents meet the mayor and take photos. He also helps promote local businesses and charities; participates in town events, such as a popular Fourth of July parade; and visits homes, schools and retirement communities in the tiny, community-oriented town.

How does a dog become mayor? Max II benefited from his bloodline, prompting some to liken his job to monarchy. As with the British royals, he has no real political power ,the unincorporated town is officially run by its county. And, like the royals, Mayor Max has his job for life. Some might fear corruption, but his lifetime appointment came at the request of the town he leads.

The mayor’s predecessor, Max I, was elected in a fundraiser whose proceeds benefited an animal rescue charity in Idyllwild, nestled in southern California’s San Bernardino national forest. The candidates were all pets, but Mueller’s hard campaigning and generous donation led to Max’s victory (aiming for fairness, she also donated to all the other candidates).

Max I died puppyless during his second term in office. That prompted Mueller to launch an international search for his relatives. She found Max II close to home, in the same county in California, where, when Mueller first met him, he crossed his forelegs and struck a pose. It was clear he was perfect for the job, and he was “grandfathered in”, Mueller said.

Mueller also discovered Max I had relatives in Ohio – Mikey and Mitzi are now deputy mayors who work security for Max II, who finished Max I’s term before being named mayor-for-life in 2014.Max’s tenure has largely been free of controversy, though he did survive what has been called an assassination attempt: a dog off-leash at one event went for the mayor’s neck.“It made my dog very afraid of other dogs for about a year,” Mueller said. “But he’s almost 100% over it,” and the deputy mayors offer an additional layer of protection by barking at any threat.

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Study Suggests Mercury Not a Risk in Dog Foods

Levels of methylmercury was investigated in a small sampling of commercial dog foods.

San Francisco, April 20, 2019, 11.30 P.M.: Dog food often remains in news for some or other reason, however mostly due to the bad one. However recent research may bring little relief to the dog parents. Researchers at the University of California, Davis, recently investigated levels of methylmercury in a small sampling of commercial dog foods and found good news for dog owners. Of the 24 diets tested, only three were positive for low concentrations of total mercury, and only one of those contained detectable methylmercury. The study was published in Topics in Companion Animal Medicine.
“The concentrations detected are unlikely to pose a risk to healthy adult dogs,” said lead author Rae Sires, a nutrition resident at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. “These results should be reassuring to dog owners.”

According to the report published in Science Daily, excess mercury exposure is a health hazard for people and animals. Depending on the method of exposure — such as skin contact, ingestion or inhalation — it can lead to respiratory and gastrointestinal disease, kidney injury, impacted fetal development and neurologic issues. While previous studies have measured total mercury in commercial pet foods, additional testing for methylmercury had not been done.

“That is the form where we worry about bioaccumulation or the ability to become more concentrated in animal tissues as it moves through the food chain,” Sires said. “We know there is some level of total mercury in commercial dog foods based on recent studies, but we didn’t yet know whether it is cause for concern.”

Because methylmercury is known for its presence in aquatic species, Sires said the researchers evaluated diets containing fish — mostly salmon — and control samples, which didn’t have fish-based ingredients. Out of the 24 diets tested, only three were positive for low concentrations of total mercury, and only one of those contained detectable methylmercury. Surprisingly, Sires said they found two of the three positive samples among the non-fish diets, suggesting that common sources of mercury in pet foods may not originate from seafood.

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