Gov. Jerry Brown, who has used his Pembroke Welsh corgi, Sutter, to soften his image and advance his political agenda, announced Friday he has acquired another dog.
Or, rather, Sutter announced it.
“I’m still First Dog, right?” Sutter’s Twitter account said, with the hashtag, #GetOffMyPeePad.
The announcement provoked a flurry of activity on social media and an update on the governor’s official website. It called Colusa “Lucy” Brown California’s “Deputy First Dog.”
Colusa, Brown’s office said, was born in March in Red Bluff, the offspring of a purebred Pembroke Welsh Corgi and a Border Collie-Pembroke Welsh Corgi mix. Brown has longstanding ties to Colusa County and plans to build a house on land his family owns west of Williams.
“When she is not out exploring the family ranch in Colusa County with the Governor and First Lady, she can be found guarding the office and herding staff at the State Capitol,” the puppy’s bio on the governor’s site read.
In an interview, Brown said of Colusa, "Pretty interesting little animal, I'll tell you that.
"'She's alive, she's curious. She's not cynical'," the governor said.
Brown took in Sutter from his sister Kathleen Brown when the former state treasurer and gubernatorial candidate moved out of state following her brother’s election in 2010. She has since returned, but Sutter has stayed with the governor.
Brown has used him to his advantage since taking office in 2011, putting the dog’s face on social media and on budget-related playing cards and dispatching him in campaigns.
Colusa has a Twitter account, too.
Its first offering: “When I grow up, I want to be First Dog!”