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Kim Hiss, an associate editor at Field & Stream, has hunted ducks, antelope, turkeys, and deer throughout the country, enjoying a number of women's hunts along the way. She lives in Dobbs Ferry, New York. Click here to email Kim.

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Dogs With Jobs

     My boyfriend and I are waiting for the day when our cats get jobs. I asked Dan the other night how he thought their search was going. He said it seemed to be going great -- our calico had found a new spot on a shelf that she could sit in and look cute. Now she's just waiting for someone to turn up and pay her for it.
     Although two dogs making headlines this week haven't necessarily landed paying gigs, at least they're getting themselves out there. According to this Al.com story, a yellow Lab in Fairhope, Al. named Willie Bean Roscoe P. Coltrane, is running for mayor. His campaign is currently in full swing with T-shirts and lawn signs, and is headquartered at his owner's coffee shop. Willie's mayoral run came about when the seven candidates already in the race were acting so absurdly, his owner wanted to make a statement about the ridiculousness of the situation.
     The second dog with something important to do is chocolate Lab Remi Sue Lajaunie of Thibodaux, La., who served as ring bearer in his mater's wedding last weekend. This Houmatoday.com story says the bride had given the dog to her soon-to-be husband years earlier, who named the Lab after his Remington shotgun. By all accounts, Remi discharged her duties with grace and good manners.
     And in the meantime, our calico is still sitting on her shelf, waiting for a paycheck. We're so proud. -K.H.


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Wow. I'm not sure what to say about the dog running for mayor... lol. I have heard of other people using their dogs in place of a ring-bearer. Don't know anyone personally who did it though.

My husband is waiting for my two pooches to "make themselves useful". I had a chocolate lab and lab mix before I got married. I tell him they are, they make sure I get exersice. Like just last night Java, the lab mix got out. I ended up chasing her for a mile through our little town and a bean field. I mean I totally wouldn't have had the incentive to go running if she hadn't decided that I needed the exercise. ;)

Someday we'll end up with a beagle or two for rabbit hunting. And the husband can't wait, he grew up with rabbit dogs. And I'd love to train a duck dog, but I know I don't have the time to invest in one right now. Besides, my two muttleys keep my busy and they're just so darn cute.

Tom Sorenson

If someone does end up paying your cat, lemme know. My wife has been wanting someone to pay her dog for looking cute for years! Sometimes I wonder if she's actually serious. Maybe we should go the mayor route - perhaps even president? It could happen!


One of my late Grandad's favorite sayings comes to mind....."This darn country is goin' to the dogs!"

That was his standard response to the 6 o'clock news every evening. I can only imagine how he'd react to the news that not one, but two canine mayors have been elected in recent years in a small town in northern Kentucky!

Kimberly Hiss

Tom, if someone does turn up at our door with a check made out to our cat (with "cute compensation" in the memo line), I'll send them your way. Maybe we could raise enough campaign financing that your dog and our cat could run on the same ticket. -K.H.

Lou Alexander

All you "cute" cat lovers need to accept the fact that it is a dogs world out there.

Since we are in the midst of the "dog" days of summer, Jan's granddad's world going to the "dogs" and the fact that dogs are just cuter than cats, makes them the superior breed :)

Although Stella, our naughty lab, fetches the paper every morning rain or shine, both of my girls would love to have one of those looking for a job cute cats like Kim's.

Jim in Mo.

My G.Shepard Zig (deceased) aka 'best dog in the world', worshipped the ground I walked on. My ex wifes dachsund (mean bastard), ran two full laps around the house when I came home from work before he flopped belly up at my feet. My cat Willi (female) doesn't seem to know why I'm here.

Kimberly Hiss

For what it's worth, Lou and Jim, we frequently say our cat, "Thinks she's a dog." She follows us around and loves to flop on her back so we can rub her belly. She hasn't mastered fetch, but we're working on it. -K.H.

Dr. Ralph

So whose Yellow Lab is in the picture with you? False advertising comes to mind now that I know you're another one of those feline fixated females... Can you take your cat hunting? I didn't think so. By the way my dog is looking for honest work and she's prettier than your current spokes model. I would guess the "honest work" thing precludes her from running for political office.