The news these days is often depressing at worst and frustrating at best. It’s easy to get caught up in the spin cycle and let it get us down. Never fear… The News Blender has you covered. Once a week we feature Something Good and, in return, all you have to do is tell us something good that has happened to you this week, something you are thankful for, a joke, a cute animal story, an inspiring tale of heroics, a Random Act of Kindness… SOMETHING good.
This week’s Something Good breaks the hard and fast rule of “no politics” with a bit of lighthearted political poochie news. Goodness knows right about now we could all use a bit of political news that makes us smile.
Georgetown, Colorado, a former mining town with about 1,000 residents has a new honorary mayor: Parker the Snow Dog, a three year-old Bernese Mountain dog, was chosen by a unanimous vote of the town’s selectmen on February 11, according to The Gazette.
Parker is a social media darling who has an extensive resume and is beloved in his hometown of Georgetown – he is the mascot of Loveland Ski Area and patrols the slopes, between naps in front of the lodge fireplace, with his dad Dustin Schaefer. Parker has a passion for the disabled community and is a proud Camp Therapy Dog for the Rocky Mountain Village Easter Seals Camp where he gives “love, hugs, and slobber” to the attendees. He can also be seen on most televised Denver Broncos games and does media appearances across the country.
Police Judge Lynette Kelsey, the defacto mayor of Georgetown, administered the oath of office on February 18 in front of a crowd of about 40 at the Georgetown Community Center, per the Denver Post. The dignified pooch, accompanied by his dad, was decked out in glasses and a star spangled tie for the occasion. A Girl Scout led the audience in the pledge of allegiance and law enforcement officers spoke about Parker’s contributions to the police department and the Easter Seal’s camp.
Parker’s “pawlitics” are bipartisan – he is committed to bringing “love, hugs, and cookies” to the residents of Georgetown. According to the Gazette, Parker was quoted as saying, “Woof, woof, woof. It’s an honor to be voted into such a high position in such a great town. Parker hugs for everyone!”
It’s rare that a politician deserves to be adored but Parker clearly does. Dare I suggest Parker for President? That would be Something good!
Now it’s your turn… tell me something good!