The town of Rabbit Hash, located along the Ohio River in Northern Kentucky, is known for its landmark General Store and its mayors — who for the past 20 years have been dogs.
In 1998, Rabbit Hash's 300-plus residents hired their first canine mayor, a mutt named Goofy Borneman-Calhoun. For years the job was dominated by the boys, but in 2008, Rabbit Hash inaugurated its first female mayor, a border collie called Lucy Lou, who unfortunately passed away in 2018. Today the job belongs to Brynneth Pawltro-Bamforth, or Brynn, an American pit bull terrier, who was elected in 2016.
Brynn, like her predecessors, donates 100% of her income to local charities. And when she's not busy fundraising, Brynn spends her downtime chasing tennis balls, hiking with her human and mingling with the people of Rabbit Hash.
Charmingly enough, Brynn isn’t the only animal to lead a U.S. town. There have been dog mayors in Idyllwood, California; Cormorant, Minnesota; and Sunol, California, among others. Stubbs the cat was the beloved mayor of Talkeetna, Arkansas, until she passed a couple years ago; Lajitas, Texas, was run by a beer-loving goat for nearly a decade; and before electing a dog this year, Eastsound, Washington, counted Alice the Cow as its mayor.