Jack Ohman

Editorial cartoonist, writer and Joe King’s alter ego

Who's a good boy, Sutter or a cartoonist?

06/07/2013 6:10 PM

06/19/2013 7:45 PM

I was offered the opportunity to meet with someone I felt I knew rather well on Friday, even as I had never met him: Sutter, Gov. Jerry Brown's corgi.

As my regular readers know, Sutter has made semi-regular appearances in my cartoon since I arrived in Sacramento, and he has saved my punchlines more than a few times just by being there and being cute. And he is indeed cute, and I am not a dog person, particularly. But Sutter is my kind of dog.

When we first met, the first thing he did was turn away immediately and head in the opposite direction. I don't blame him a bit.

The next thing he did was spend the next 15 minutes energetically chasing ducks, sniffing bushes, stopping to relieve himself once on a tree, of course, and generally doing what any normal dog would do. I tried to give him a tummy scratch, but he didn't seem terribly interested. I felt that this was a necessary if somewhat cozy gesture between the government and the media, but I suppose my inner canine was telling me that it was OK, just this one time. 

My impressions of Sutter were:

1. He's not as tall as I thought he would be.

2. He smelled very much like other dogs I have met.

3. He was cheerful, considering it was 98 degrees.

4. He was not wearing a blue suit.

5. He had a Giants tag around his neck instead of a red tie.

Having met many of my subjects over the years, usually at their behest, there was one particularly refreshing aspect to Sutter: he was completely indifferent to me, and made it obvious what he thought of me.

I could tell by the wetness on my leg.

About This Blog

Jack Ohman joined The Sacramento Bee in 2013. He previously worked at the Oregonian, the Detroit Free Press and the Columbus Dispatch. His work is syndicated to more than 200 newspapers by Tribune Media Services. Jack has won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the Scripps Foundation Award and the national SPJ Award, and he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2012 and the Herblock Prize in 2013. Contact Jack at johman@sacbee.com. Twitter: @JACKOHMAN.


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