Too Cute for Words: Golden Retriever Max Is the Official Mayor of a Californian Town

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Now here’s a pawlitician we can all get behind! Meet the adorable Maximus Mighty Dog Mueller II, a 5-year-old Golden Retriever that’s proud to be the official mayor of Idyllwild, California. Idyllwild is a non-incorporated town, which means they are not eligible for municipal elections. Ironically, this meant they’ll end up having the best possible mayor anyone could ever imagine!

Posted by Mayor Max on Sunday, November 25, 2018


In 2012, Maximus Mighty Dog Mueller I was the first dog to be elected mayor of this small town. Sadly, he passed the following year, but he had a worthy successor in Max the Mayor. This adorable pooch has “served” 5 impressive terms since then, and his loyal “subjects” couldn’t be more pleased with this good boy. Max is not without help in his mayoral duties, though. Not only that his mom and dad serve as his Chief(s) of Staff, but he also has two pawesome furry deputies- Mikey and Mitzi. The Golden Retriever trio rides around in their own personalized pickup truck, better known as Mayor Mobile.


Posted by Mayor Max on Sunday, September 23, 2018


While most of their public service revolves around spreading the joy and love all around with their pooch smooches and wagging tails, it doesn’t mean that the Mayor and his deputies don’t take their jobs seriously. Max took an oath, after all:

“I, Max, do swear on my food bowl to faithfully execute my duties as Mayor of Idyllwild. […] I will be a role model as Mayor for all canines, felines, and humines, so help me ARF!”

Swearing on food bowls, y’all… If that’s not serious, I don’t know what is. When the “Mayors of Idyllwild” are not being pampered by their human staff, they can be seen on all the important functions and events around the town. Whether it’s ribbon cutting or being the star of a holiday parade, Mayor Max is there for his peeps. To boot, he’s always up for giving you a smooch or taking a selfie with you. The goodest boy of them all, for sure!