ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — With only two days left to vote for Corrales Pet Mayor, observers are wondering: Will a bird rule the village roost? Will “bark money” be too big to overcome? Will supporters flock in for the ewe, or kick ass for the mini donkey?
Because elections matter, the Fetch section presents profiles of the six candidates. Answers to the following questionnaires were provided by candidate reps.
Voting ends at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 – Day One of the Corrales Harvest Festival – and the winner will be declared before the 9 a.m. pet parade on Sunday, Sept. 29 – Day Two of the festival. Voting boxes are at various Corrales businesses. There will also be one available all day during the first day of the festival. And you can vote at www.corralesharvestfestival.com/vote-for-pet-mayor/, as well. One dollar ($1) equals one vote.
Organized by the Kiwanis Club of Corrales Foundation, net proceeds from the festival, which includes the pet mayor contest, go toward supporting children’s programs and animal welfare organizations in the village.
And you thought politics was ugly.
Campaign slogan: “Little dude, big personality!”
Notable accomplishment: People’s Choice Poultry at Corrales Harvest Festival and three 1st Place ribbons at Sandoval County Fair.
Campaign slogan: “Put a birdbrain in the mayor’s office!”
Notable accomplishment: Mature 26-year-old who can speak English, cat, parrot and dog.
Notable non-accomplishment: Screams loudly and repeatedly when not getting enough attention.
If you were to compare yourself to one politician, who would it be? Why? Trump. Has a yellow comb-over, older, corresponds by Tweet and Twitter, throws a fit when he doesn’t get enough attention.
Have you ever been scolded/punished and, if so, for what reason? You cannot punish a parrot, unlike other pets. We tell him “Ah ah ah” if he does something loud or wrong, but then Rico scolds us back in our own voices.
Campaign slogan: “Ewe can count on Rosie!”
Notable accomplishment: Voted most likely to turn a frown upside down.
Notable non-accomplishment: Has difficultly distinguishing between landscaping and weeds when snacking – definitely prefers the rose bushes.
If you were to compare yourself to one politician, who would it be? Why? George Washington, for our like-minded “wooly-esque” grooming choices and ability to lead through ambiguity of course.
Have you ever been scolded/punished and, if so, for what reason? I’ve been known to “baaa” incessantly when mealtime is delayed. For this, I have been softly scolded to be patient. Mostly, though, I am considered quite sweet-natured.
Campaign slogan: “Leading the way to festival day!”
Notable accomplishment: Walking seven miles around El Vado Lake in two hours. Also once attempted to perform CPR on a dying baby rabbit. While this was unsuccessful, Sammy Hey-Hey was well within his right under good Samaritan laws.
Notable non-accomplishment: Having a heart as a fur-mark on his forehead.
If you were to compare yourself to one politician, who would it be? Why? Teddy Roosevelt, because he’s tough, and an environmentalist, but also still likes chasing (hunting) rabbits.
Have you ever been scolded/punished and, if so, for what reason? Not really, even the time he attempted to perform CPR on a baby rabbit; we understood he was trying to help.
Campaign slogan: “He’s all ears!”
Notable accomplishment: I’ve appeared in two previous Corrales Harvests at the Petting Zoo. Everyone I met there still has all their fingers!
Notable non-accomplishment: I may or may not have escaped from my stall when the door was left open, but only to eat off the haystack.
If you were to compare yourself to one politician, who would it be? Why? Ross Perot, it’s an EAR thing. I don’t align with any political party as I really prefer the Dinner Party.
Have you ever been scolded/punished and, if so, for what reason? Well there was that one time that I removed my girlfriend Lucy’s fly mask. She has such beautiful eyes, I just needed to gaze into them. She forgave me. My human just gave me a warning.
Campaign slogan: “You’ll TANK me later!”
Notable accomplishment: I am my mom’s best friend and never complain when she makes me dress up.
Notable non-accomplishment: I’m not saying I took a chicken nugget out of a toddler’s hand, but I did.
If you were to compare yourself to one politician, who would it be? Why? Prince. He was a politician, right? I drive a little red Corvette and love purple rain! OK, Schwarzenegger aka the Governator.
Have you ever been scolded/punished and, if so, for what reason? Yes. Temptation got the best of me when my littermates and I ate the Thanksgiving turkey out of the smoker! In our defense, someone didn’t latch the lock correctly.