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article imageTexas dog Woodrow has joined race for Governor

By Kim I. Hartman     Jul 13, 2010 in Politics
Austin - Woodrow is a loyal, loving, fair, honest candidate for Governor. Isn’t that what Texas needs? He never a met a dog he didn’t like. Once homeless and down on his luck in a shelter, he wants to show Texans that great things can happen to anyone.
Polls show Bill White and Rick Perry are neck-in-neck in the race for Texas Governor, according to KVUE.
Now, an Austin native is ready to join that dogfight. He is the underdog in the race, but he is hoping you will back his campaign.
His slogan is, “How ruff can it be?” Woodrow the dog has never held public office, and is not well known in political circles, but the furry friend hopes to shake up this year's Governor's race and bring more awareness to the plight of dogs and cats looking for a home.
Friends and supporters helped the canine announce his candidacy at the State Capitol Tuesday morning.
His owner, Lorri Michel, adopted the pup from the Town Lake Animal Center in 2006, and says she is behind him all the way.
“The hope that Woodrow brings is real, and it's tangible and it's strategic,” Michel said. “The one thing that Woodrow has shown me is the truth in the saying that it is in giving that we really receive.”
For those who say this dog won't hunt, he has already gotten one major endorsement from a man who once ran for Governor himself, Kinky Friedman.
“Woodrow is not an incumbent, and he hasn't even been indicted yet. So I don't think I'm going to regret this endorsement,” Friedman said.
Woodrow's campaign has tails wagging. This run for Governor is actually a fund-raising project for Austin Pets Alive, a charity that helps homeless pets.
Woodrow s run for Governor is a fund-raising effort to help Austin Pets find new homes and meet expe...
Woodrow's run for Governor is a fund-raising effort to help Austin Pets find new homes and meet expenses to stop animals from being dying each week when the new kill lists come out.
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“We wanted to do this in just the most creative and fun way possible,” Michel said. “Through the T-shirt sales, we are raising $20 at a time.”
Every evening, volunteers from Austin Pets Alive go the Town Lake Animal Center and get the kill list. They rescue what animals they can and bring them to adoption sites around the city.
“I'm certain that he knows more about the issues than most politicians out there,” Jerell Lambert said.
Potential voters say it is a powerful platform, and they are willing to help Woodrow’s dreams of running Texas and saving other animals come true.
“This has been the highlight of our morning! I mean, the Capitol's wonderful, but the candidate's better,” said Carl Gaddis.
Support Austin Pets Alive and Woodrow's political mission by purchasing a "Woodrow for Governor" t-shirt here.
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