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Friday, April 29, 2011

Board of Supervisors: What Kind of Dog Would They Be?

Posted By on Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 5:08 PM

This took us literally all afternoon to make.
  • This took us literally all afternoon to make.

Earlier this week, city supervisors voted 10 to 1 to oppose the Golden Gate National Recreational Area's proposal to severely restrict dog owners from walking their pups off-leash in certain parts of San Francisco, namely Fort Funston and Ocean Beach.

Based on the overwhelming support for off-leash areas, you'd think most of the supervisors had their own pooches to walk. So we called to find out which ones are dog lovers.

It turns out most of the supes don't own animals. Between board meetings and campaign fundraisers, they don't have time to give pets the love and attention they need.

But then we started wondering. If the city supes had dogs, what kind would they own? Better yet, what kind of dog would they be?

Here are some of our thoughts.

Scott Wiener: That's a no-brainer. As we've noted before, this long and lean 6-foot-7 supervisor can barely squeeze into his desk inside the board chambers. That alone makes him an Irish wolfhound. The majestic dog towers over all others in the canine world. Its awesome size and

commanding appearance gives him a remarkable presence, despite his reputation for being meek.

David Chiu:

Any kind of lapdog that could fit in Rose Pak's purse. If we had to pick one, we'd say maybe a chihuahua. This

breed is extremely loyal and known for being affectionately manipulative.

John Avalos: Definitely a bloodhound. When these lovable dogs catch a scent of something, it's nearly impossible to get them to obey you.   

Jane Kim: The freshman supervisor is, without doubt, an American foxhound. Aside from ignoring basic commands, this breed is difficult to train because of its independence. And you should never, ever trust one off-leash.

Ross Mirkarimi: A Rottweiler. While the breed has gotten negative publicity over the years, these dogs might just be misunderstood. A quick search online tells us the rott is a calm, confident, and daring dog with a self-assured aloofness that makes him hard to warm up to. More importantly, this breed needs to be carefully trained so he doesn't attack for no good reason.

David Campos: Campos doesn't just have an English bulldog named Winston, he is an English bulldog named Winston.As one of the few supes who owns a pup, it's no coincidence that man and his best friend share the same temperament: stubborn and determined. Whether it's chasing a cat off the lawn or calling the city out on a procurement procedure, this breed will never give up.

So that leaves Supervisors Sean Elsbernd, Malia Cohen, Mark Farrell, Carmen Chu, and Eric Mar. What kind of dogs do you think they would be? Leave a comment and let us know.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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