2005-05-27 / Top News

Dog Mayor of Abilene, Texas, Visits Island

Devlin the Dog Mayor came to the Island on the Star Line Ferry Tuesday, May 24, along with his friend, Spirit, and human pal Annette Turner. Also pictured is senior deck hand Mike Welch.
Devlin the Dog Mayor came to the Island on the Star Line Ferry Tuesday, May 24, along with his friend, Spirit, and human pal Annette Turner. Also pictured is senior deck hand Mike Welch. It’s hard work being mayor. In fact, it’s doggone tiring. Just ask Devlin, the dog mayor of Abilene, Texas, but don’t worry if he seems a little irritable: his bark is worse than his bite.

The Irish Wolfhound paid a visit to Mackinac Island Tuesday, May 23, while on his search for the most pet-friendly city in America.

Devlin the Dog Mayor might just be one of the most well-traveled city officials around. He’s already visited 36 states during two terms in office, and is hoping to make it to all 50 before retiring. A forward looking pooch, unencumbered by term limits, he has his eyes set on a third term. His campaign promise? Legalizing all dog toys and passing a resolution for fresh dog biscuits daily for all dogs.

On a more serious note, Devlin is also working as a goodwill ambassador for pets. He supports the rescue of homeless animals throughout the nation, fights for the rights of animals in shelters, and teaches the nation’s youth about dog safety, with lessons on how to approach a dog, how to play with one, and what might be warning signs that a dog isn’t friendly.

Never one to travel alone, Mayor Devlin is touring with a young hound named Spirit, who is training to be city manager. Also with him is Jake, a collie and working dog. And, of course, what dog would go anywhere without his owner, in this case Annette Turner of The Pampered Pup Inn.

According to Ms. Turner, it wasn’t always Devlin’s goal to become a world-traveling mayor. The whole campaign started as a simple attempt to help rescued animals, and has blossomed into an exciting adventure. Now the friendly canine has been handed keys to cities, received proclamations, and even had days named in his honor.

While on Mackinac Island, Devlin and his council will be staying at Sunset Condos, one of several accommodations that allows pets. Ms. Turner was thrilled to have the opportunity to visit the Island with her pooch pal.

“I’ve looked forward to coming to Mackinac,” said Ms. Turner. “It’s a unique place, especially for dogs.”

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