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Colusa Brown, state’s deputy first dog, pulls Democratic Party duties

Colusa Brown, the state’s deputy first dog, in the California Democratic Party’s holiday card.
Colusa Brown, the state’s deputy first dog, in the California Democratic Party’s holiday card.

Sutter, the Pembroke Welsh corgi who serves as California’s first dog, has appeared in campaigns and on budget-inspired playing cards to help drive home his boss’s message of fiscal responsibility.

Sutter has more than 9,000 followers on Twitter, where he shows up in photos urging people to conserve water, and with Gov. Jerry Brown and Anne Gust Brown.

Miss Colusa, the state’s deputy first dog, is still working to catch up with her better-known “sibling” since joining the state’s first family last spring. With Christmas approaching, she’s appearing in a holiday card from the California Democratic Party.

Colusa, or “Lucy,” leans over a heaping bowl of biscuits, her head slighting cocked in the photo. “May all of life’s treats be within your reach and your bowl overflow with joy throughout the New Year!” the card states. A handwritten message reasons that even “ink stained reporters” deserve an “awww” moment.

Michael Soller, the party’s spokesman, pointed to some behind-the-scenes footage posted online. It wasn’t exactly a major Hollywood production, he said.

“We knew Anne Brown might bring her by, so we stocked up at canine craft services,” he said, adding that Colusa was well behaved, and that party officials were careful not to let her chow down on the bowlful of treats.

Added Soller: “Make sure the record shows that (almost) none of those cookies were harmed in the creation of this holiday card.”

Christopher Cadelago: 916-326-5538, @ccadelago

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