Monday, January 17, 2011

Stray Cat's Rise to Mayor

Freddy,  the mayor of Sharon, Wisconsin, starts his day.  (Photo credit: Mike De Sisti) 

It's 8 a.m. and Freddy the mayor is up and ready to greet the citizens of Sharon, Wisconsin. The devoted mayor makes the rounds of the village, stopping for a chin rub or to chat with his constituents. Occasionally he'll break from his busy work schedule to catch some mice.

The mayor of Sharon is a ginger tabby, a former homeless cat, who now lives and works in the Village Hall. At his office, he welcomes citizens of the small town when they come to pay their taxes or water bills.

About 3 or 4 years ago, the cat started visiting the Village Hall. Deputy clerk/treasurer Jaymie Kunkel noticed the stray cat and gave him some treats. She named him. Freddy soon made the Village Hall his official residence.

As reported by the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, Freddy meows to go out twice a day to make his tour of the town. He visits the post office, restaurants and a tavern.
"This is his town," said Scott Vinke, Sharon's Postmaster, "Everyone looks out for him. If he's crossing the street, everybody stops and gives him the right of way. He's the mayor."
Watch the video of Freddy the mayor, here.

photo and video credit: 
Mike De Sisti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Multimedia Picture Editor

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23 comments:

  1. Aww, such a nice story! I like how you can hear him purring in the video. :)

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  2. Wow, you've got an entire town under your paw, Freddy. Can we take lessons from you?

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  3. That is so cool! I am certain Freddy can do a better job that the other species that usually has that job!!!

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  4. WTG Freddie! Such a neat story and the video was great - so cute to hear him purr and meow orders :)

    Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, and Hollie

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  5. Oh I loved this! What a cool idea!!

    Thanks for sharing!

    xoxoxo

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  6. What a great cat! Thanks for coming to visit us at Lisa Lisa and the Cat Jam.

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  7. What a really cool idea! I love it.

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  8. Wicked !!! Great story ...Thank you to share with us : )

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  9. Great story! I especially love how he makes time to visit the tavern daily.

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  10. Hi! Thanks for commenting on my cat blog
    http://homelesscatcare.blogspot.com/


    I think Freddy is a very handsome cat. He looks like he really knows where he is going.
    Hey, wonderful blog creatures stay well!
    Debby
    http://homelesscatcare.blogspot.com/

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  11. He's quite the leader! Love the purring -- he must really enjoy his job!

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  12. Freddie for President! Cats are just so welcoming, even when you are paying your taxes! Great to have found you and thanks for popping by my pad :>)

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  13. Ann, Sam & I saw you visited and of course, being the Southern Hospitality reared cats we are, wanted to pay you a visit, too. OH, we are soooo taken with Freddy! Can we have him? I'll bet he could type better'n Lucy at at least spell "feather" right instead of "weather". I can't trust her. I think it's a conspiracy ;)
    You mind if we follow? We'd love to keep up :)
    See you soooooooon A nose lick and headbonk to you from us.

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  14. PS/ Who's that gorgeous creature in the header??
    Sam is fainting into the drool of desire.

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  15. Oh my cod, it's LARRY! What a great video! My mom watched it, too, and she wants the book. She's already heading over to amazon. She says you have originality to beat the band!

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  16. (Mom said to tell you her order is now confirmed and she's smilin')

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  17. Hi! I noticed you were following me so I headed right over to say hi! Nice to meet you!

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  18. Cute blog. I will enjoy following you. Deb=^..^=x5

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  19. What a pawesome story - thanks for sharing this!!!

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  20. Catsparella: Yes I loved him purring in the video! You just want to snuggle! :)

    The Whiskeratti: Yes Freddy's got the power! He rules!

    Brian: I totally agree. Freddy can run the town better than "that other" species. haha!!

    Thank you Jan!

    Cara n Crew: You're right he was meowing orders!

    Caren: thank you! I love him too! xo

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  21. Lisa, Jack and Baby: You're welcome! Thank you for visiting me! :)

    Karen Jo: Freddy's a cool cat! :)

    Thank you Mr. Puddy! You're wicked too! ;)

    curator: Yes the daily stop at the Tavern. It's tough being mayor.

    Debra: You're welcome! Thank you for visiting moi! Freddy walks like he has a agenda. :)

    Angie: Freddy is a born leader. He whistles while he works.

    Carolyn: Let's start a petition for Freddy for President! One must have ambition in this world. Thanks for the follow!

    Luscious Lucy: I love Southern hospitality. And, my dear, your Mom went overboard with southern hospitality by getting my book. As well as leaving such lovely comments. Thank you! Let me know what careers you all decide to pursue! ;)

    Fin, How nice of you to head right on over! Welcome!

    Deb, thank you for your nice words and for following me!

    CindyLu Muse: Thank you! Yes he should be Fred, forget Freddy now that he's mayor!

    Batu: You're welcome! I think it's pretty pawsome too and thanks for the follow!

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