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    Winnie to be Sworn-In as WeHo Honorary Pet Mayor at Picasso Pets Event

    Winnie Erickson, West Hollywood Mayor John Erickson’s pet companion, will be sworn-in as Honorary Pet Mayor at a Picasso Pets event on Saturday, April 6, 2024 at 11 a.m. at West Hollywood Park, located at 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

    The free Picasso Pets event will provide an opportunity for pet parents to meet Winnie, participate in pet-friendly activities, and receive event souvenirs while supplies last. Please note that the pet caricature portrait activity has reached capacity for this event, but there will be a number of other festivities in the park park to enjoy.

    Pets must always remain leashed and under the control of their human. In case of rain, the event will be moved indoors to the Doheny Room located on the second floor of the West Hollywood Park Aquatic and Recreation Center (which is adjacent to the surface level of West Hollywood Park).

    The City’s Pet Mayor is a program approved by the West Hollywood City Council in 2022. As part of the program, the City’s Mayor may choose to have their pet (dog, cat, or another animal companion) serve as the Pet Mayor during their mayoral term. The City’s Pet Mayor program intends to enhance support for the West Hollywood community’s animals and animal guardians and help bring awareness to the City’s ongoing efforts and initiatives focused on animal welfare.

    The City’s Pet Mayor will include pawsome responsibilities including taking part in events and initiatives centered on the well-being of pets in the community. The Pet Mayor will also be tasked with attending appropriate meetings and events, which may include attending fundraisers in support of animal rescue organizations, wishing folks bone-appetit at dog-friendly establishments in West Hollywood, and other forms of community engagement.

    According to a WeHo City press release, Winnie, the beloved four-legged incoming Pet Mayor found her forever home with City of West Hollywood Mayor John M. Erickson when she was adopted from Wags and Walks. While Winnie may be nine years old, don’t let her age fool you — she’s got the energy and spirit of a puppy.

    Whether she’s attending Zoom meetings or keeping an eye on Mayor Erickson’s French fries, Winnie is always by his side, providing unwavering support and companionship. Despite her advanced years, she’s still as lively as ever, thanks in part to her frequent naps while the Mayor works tirelessly to ensure her comfort and well-being.

    Winnie’s talents extend beyond being an adorable sidekick; she’s also a fantastic dancer, bringing joy and laughter to those around her. Mayor Erickson and Winnie share a special bond, with Winnie serving as not only a faithful companion but also a source of inspiration and joy to others in the community.

    From her humble beginnings as a rescue dog to her current role as the Pet Mayor of the City of West Hollywood, Winnie’s story is a testament to the power of love, companionship, and the incredible bond between humans and animals. As the Pet Mayor, Winnie will continue to spread happiness and positivity wherever she goes, proving that sometimes, the best leaders come with fur and four legs.

    Winnie is enthusiastic about her new role and is committed to helping others who have been in her previous situation find their furever homes. Wags and Walks will be present at the event to showcase some dogs and puppies available for adoption. Please note that on-site adoptions will not be available; however, resources and information will be provided. Wags and Walks is dedicated to advocating for wrongfully stereotyped bully breeds, medical dogs, and mamas/puppies that are often overlooked and at-risk due to overcrowding. For more information about Wags and Walks, please visit: https://www.wagsandwalks.org.

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    Alan Strasburg
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    26 days ago

    Interesting choice of photo. That was the day that Erickson posted multiple photos of Winnie enjoying WeHo Park while off leash. Laws for thee, but not for me.

    ConcernedAF
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    Reply to  Alan Strasburg
    26 days ago

    You should start a recall movement. In your 68 t-shirt.

    Alan Strasburg
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    Reply to  ConcernedAF
    24 days ago

    I should start paying rent.

    Weho artist
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    Reply to  Alan Strasburg
    23 days ago

    Laws for thee, but not for me”

    Do people actually get tickets for having their dog off-leash though?

    

    ConcernedAF
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    Reply to  Alan Strasburg
    22 days ago

    That’s funny. Isn’t it the other way around? Shouldn’t you be charging Mayor Erickson high rent for all that space?

    You put so much thought and effort into that painfully embarrassing performance you gave at council tonight. Watching you get the flop sweats while you butchered the French language was more cringe than that time you made everyone wear the number 68.

    Alan Strasburg
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    Reply to  ConcernedAF
    22 days ago

    Erickson is an elected public servant and criticism comes with the job. Happy to butcher the language if it gets people talking, yet for all the talk I note that none of your personal criticism of me (which I welcome, even when ensconced in lazy anonymity) addresses the fundamental point I made with my first comment on this article.

    ConcernedAF
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    Reply to  Alan Strasburg
    19 days ago

    The same goes for public commenters who make fools of themselves in a very public forum. Expect to be criticized.

    Weho artist
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    Reply to  Alan Strasburg
    18 days ago

    “If it gets people talking”

    This is so embarrassing, Alan. You’ve sunk to a new low.

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