Did y'all vote Tuesday? Hair Balls did -- twice! We take elections very seriously, especially when they involve such a colorful cast of characters. Our only disappointment is that animals can't vote, and they can't run for public office.
Truly, there has been more than one occasion over the past few years where we've been pretty sure our elderly pitbull mix could have administered more gubernatorially sound socio-economic policy. And ideally, we'd love to at least have the chance to vote for a chimpanzee, because we'd like to see them wear either a diaper or a tuxedo at press conferences.
The following list of Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care residents were hoping 2010 was the year they'd make the ballot, but such was not the case. We thought we'd at least throw 'em a bone (or a ball of yarn) and let them explain their platforms anyway. (Thanks as usual to photographer Robyn Arouty for her kick-ass work!)
Party: Pit bull mix
Background: One-year-old stray
"As this great state's first neutered governor since Francis R. Lubbock, I would do my best to not just maintain, but improve Texas's economic vitality. I would also seek to improve social services for seniors and the mentally ill, while at the same time seeking a state-wide increase in law enforcement salaries. I would also make every Friday Chase-Your-Own-Tail Day, so I don't feel so self-conscious."
Party: Pit bull mix
Background: Two-year-old stray; spayed
"Texas needs change. We need a break from the partisan politics and cronyism of the past, and as governor, I plan to usher in a new age of cooperation between the executive and legislative branches. I also plan to spend a great deal of time pooping on the front lawn."
Party: Corgi/German shepherd mix
Background: Two years old; low heartworm positive; owner surrendered because of "no time."
"If you want politics as usual, go ahead and elect any of the other candidates. But if you want someone to move into Austin and shake things up, then you've found your dog. As an amazingly cute dog who was abandoned by his owner, I understand the toll douchiness takes on families in this state, and, as governor, I will do everything in my power to bring douches to justice."
Background: Seven years old; neutered; owner surrendered because of a new baby
"With age comes wisdom, and I've got that in spades. My opponents are full of fresh, promising ideas, but when push comes to shove, they just don't have the experience to see these ideas through. And I'd just like to add one more thing: You got rid of me because of a freakin' baby? Seriously? Ummm, when you got me, did you not understand basic human biology? Did you not understand that one day you might produce another human being? You could've at least planned ahead and made plans for a friend or relative to take me in, rather than just leave me in freakin' Dogchau. I just pray that your baby won't grow up to be a dick as well."
Party: German shepherd
Background: One year old; owner surrendered because of cost
"My fellow Texans, if anyone understands these dire economic times, it is me. My family had to give me up because they couldn't afford me, and in fact had to sell their kidneys in Mexico for crack money. It's a downright shame. No one should be forced into such extremes, even if they do come from a long line of snaggle-toothed lot lizards and prison-inked mouth-breathers. A vote for GI is a vote for economic revitalization. Basically what I'm saying is: vote for me, and I'll give you a dollar."
Parties: Austin terriers
Backgrounds: One is possibly pregnant; both are a year old; one is neutered (we're guessing that's Rob).
"Why vote for just one guv when you can have two? Yes, we're married, and yes, we believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman. Especially if the man knocks up the woman, and regardless of whether they've completed high school. We sometimes hear that people get married because they love each other, but really, what kind of reason is that? Bottom line is, one needs a penis, the other needs a vagina. There you go. Now you've got a marriage!"
Background: Seven months old, stray
"If there's one thing we don't need in Austin, it's a dog. Personally, I don't want to be governed by a creature who greets everyone by sticking his head in their crotch. Just imagine how awkward that would be at major political functions. No, what Texas needs is a cat -- a smart, independent being with enough sense to not drool, chase their tail, chew furniture, or -- wait! What's that string doing here? Why is it wiggling all around in the air like that? I must grab it!"
Background: Eight months old, stray
"Let's face it: I'm freakin' adorable. Who wouldn't want an adorable governor? I'm not really into state politics or anything. I don't know what Medicaid is, and I'm not sure I could find Austin on a map. But I hear governors get all kinds of perks, like free travel and friendship with The Nuge. I want in."