Whiting is going to the dogs.
Actually, people in Whiting can "paws" and go to the Whiting-Robertsdale Chamber of Commerce office to vote for one of 10 dogs in the running (or sitting, or rolling over) to become Dog Mayor for a Day during this year's Dog Days of Summer event Aug. 17.
The cost is $1 to vote for your favorite pooch and you can vote as many times as you like. All proceed will go to our local Whiting Animal Shelter.
The second annual Dog Days of Summer runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 17 and there's "litter"ally a lot to do for those of you who have a four-footed friend. Feel free to bring your dog downtown, where local businesses will be selling doggy items, as well as hosting booths for pet photographers and pet rescue agencies.
You can even stop at Studio 659 so your furry friend can make a paw print portrait. Contests for the day will include Best Trick, Best Costume and Pet-Owner Lookalikes.
Now, I'm not sure what the dog mayor for the day gets to do. I'm assuming like most politicians, it will come in handy if our dog mayor has learned to shake hands. And if things go badly, our dog mayor for the day can always play dead.
Growing up, our family always had a dog. Being Republicans, we had a boxer named Ike and later a collie named Nixon. Tinker was our miniature poodle who was with us for 18 years. Tinker liked to chew Doublemint gum, enjoyed a occasional cone from Dairy Queen, and towards the end of his life was on the same digitalis pill that my grandmother took.
The other evening I had an unexpected dog adventure. A friend of mine and I were sitting in the garden with the fire pit going. It was cool and dark and all of a sudden, out of the corner of my eye, I thought I saw a tail go by. And there it was, a big animal quietly standing between our two lounge chairs.
My first thought was that it was a coyote. As it turned out, it was a very nice dog with coyote ears and tail who was friendly, lost and very hungry. We gave her some cat food, which she gobbled down immediately, and then walked her over to our animal shelter. They put her sweet face on Facebook and the very next day her owners claimed her. Our no-kill shelter does a great job.
I must admit I'm a cat person myself, but there's not much sense in having a cat day because cats just don't care. Unlike dogs, they don't aim to please, they don't do tricks on command, and they don't want to swim with you in the pool.
As Garrison Keeler once said, "Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a purpose.” But still, there's nothing more satisfying than a lap full of purring pussycat.