These articles of interest for animal lovers were submitted by Claud Hoffman. Hoffman, who currently lives in El Dorado Springs, first went to Alaska in 1955 and wintered in Ramono, CA., from the mid 80’s to the mid 90’s before returning to El Dorado Springs.
Animal lovers will remember those old TV series, classic animal books, short stories and movies that allowed us to relate to our own life and dreams of childhood and our animal pets that we grew up with and enjoyed.
√In Juneau, AK, the present capital city of that state, a bull terrier dog named of Patsy Ann came to Alaska with her owners in 1929 or 1930. At the time the only way to reach Juneau was by water. Patsy Ann was stone deaf from birth, but she somehow knew or heard, when the ships were coming into Juneau and she headed to the wharf to meet the ships.
Patsy Ann was buried at sea in Gastineau Channel, a short distance from where a sculpture now sits, dubbed as “official greeter of Juneau, Alaska.” Thousands of tourists visiting Juneau walk past her sculpture and the welcome to Juneau sign.
√Within the animal world of politics, the small town of Talkeetna, Alaska, with a population of 900, has a cat as its honorary mayor.
Stubbs, a bob-tailed cat, has been mayor since July of 1997 when he was just a kitten. The town folk didn’t care much for the human candidates and elected Stubbs who, as of 2012, was still the honorary mayor.
Perks of the job include drinking catnip-laced water out of a wine glass at the West Rib Pub every afternoon.
His political views are in line with Alaskan politics: Don’t raise property taxes, no income taxes and no sales tax. Stubbs hangs out all over town but lives at the pub and at Nagley’s General Store.
Talkeetna is located approximately 120 miles north of Anchorage.
√Ramona, CA., is an unincorporated city with a population of about 20,000 near the geographical center of San Diego County in southern California. It is considered a bedroom community for coastal workers and has a lot of horses and chicken ranches and small bands of Llama.
Tony Lama was elected to a two-year term as honorary mayor in 1988 as a write –in candidate. It turns out that Tony Lama was Tony the Llama and the community had to appoint an honorary deputy mayor to handle the prescribed mayoral duties.
Since that time a candidate must by 21 year old, be a human being, be able to shake hands and converse with other Humans.
√Hoffman has spent a lot of time in Juneau and is aware of the Patsy Ann memorial. He has been in Talkeetna on numerous occasions and has been in Nagel’s store several times. In the late 80’s he was in a parade in Ramona with the mayor, Tony the Llama.