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Sutter, the governor’s dog, underwent a variation of the Ice Bucket Challenge, which raises funds for a charity.

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The Buzz: Jerry Brown passes bucket challenge to his trusty corgi

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 - 9:53 pm

Brown volunteers his dog

to take a cold shower

At least one of the three people Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson dared to take the Ice Bucket Challenge has declined. Sort of.

Gov. Jerry Brown has apparently passed on Johnson’s challenge from Tuesday. Instead, Sutter Brown – the governor’s Welsh corgi – posted a message on Twitter and Facebook saying he was “standing in for the Gov. Jerry Brown. A small bucket for a big cause.”

OK, a human probably wrote that. But a video that accompanied the message showed Sutter Brown standing in front of the Capitol. A handler then dumps a small bucket of water over the doggy’s head.

No word yet from the two other folks Johnson challenged: former California first lady Maria Shriver and basketball legend Hakeem Olajuwon.

Brown’s opponent, Republican Neel Kashkari, couldn’t resist a tweeted rebuke: “”Must say: I would never do this to my dogs.”

The Ice Bucket Challenge was started by the ALS Association to raise money and awareness for the disease, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The campaign has raised more than $31 million.

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