Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Australian Cattle Dog Enters Race for Mayor's Office in St. John's, N.L

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Australian Cattle Dog Enters Race for Mayor's Office in St. John's, N.L

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Dog running for mayor in St. John's, N.L.

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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - A celebrity candidate has entered the mayoral race in St. John's, N.L. -- one with fur and four legs.

Finn, a five-year-old Australian cattle dog, is featured in a tongue-in-cheek, campaign-style YouTube video that has been making the rounds on social media.

"A lot of people are saying he's the best candidate," Glenn Redmond, Finn's owner, said during an interview Tuesday.

Redmond -- a 48-year-old animal trainer and stunt performer -- said Finn is an accomplished actor, having played roles in the hit movie "Maudie" and the television show "Republic of Doyle."

"Finn's a tireless worker. All cattle dogs are. 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," said Redmond, referring to the dog's latest role as mayoral candidate.

He conceded Finn's name won't actually be on the ballot.

But Redmond said the video, created with videographer Garry Smyth, does draw attention to local issues such as pot holes and sidewalk snow clearing. …

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