The community of St. John’s in Newfoundland, Canada will soon have a new mayor and he may be a canine. A celebrity canine, at that. The owner of Finn, a 5-year-old Australian cattle dog, has entered his pet in a campaign for mayor, using YouTube to spread the word and launch a grassroots electoral bid for the open office. The campaign is a tongue-in-cheek fascination for Finn’s owner, but that doesn’t mean the people of St. John’s aren’t supporting the canine politician.
Vote Finn The Dog For Mayor
The YouTube video of Finn the Dog has gone viral since making its debut on the internet with people far and wide sharing it on various social media sites. While Glenn Redmond, Finn’s owner and campaign manager, says it started out as a joke, the dog is getting support from several members of St. John’s community. Many of the residents tell Redmond that his dog is the best choice of all of the candidates for the town’s mayor.
Redmond is more than just a pet owner. He’s also made his career as an animal trainer and reveals that Finn, like many other successful politicians, got his public life started in cinema. The pooch got his start in the film Maudie and later appeared in a television series, Republic of Doyle.
“Finn’s a tireless worker. All cattle dogs are,” says Glenn. “He’s my buddy more so than anything but he’s trained for a bunch of different behaviours, so we just decided to create some roles for him.”
Finn Is Creating Public Awareness For St. John’s Biggest Problems
When election time does come around, Redmond says voters may be disappointed to find that Finn’s name won’t really be on the ballot. While this campaign is meant to be fun, Glenn discovered that it is serving a purpose by drawing attention to some of the town’s biggest problems. For instance, potholes and keeping the sidewalks clear of snow have become major obstacles and they are issues that the new mayor will have to address.
“Potholes will be a thing of the past with Finn’s hands-on leadership,” an anonymous narrator declares in Finn’s campaign video.
Redmond says there’s a second campaign video in the works. For the new one, Finn will be asking St. John’s residents who they’re voting for in the municipal election. Of course, the Australian cattle dog will be suggesting himself to undecided voters.