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Published:February 21st, 2011 10:19 EST
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Dog Elected President Of Civic Association

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Residents of a Maryland neighborhood admit they should have paid more attention before they unwittingly elected a dog as president of their civic association.

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A show of hands at the annual meeting sealed the election as president of the Hillbrook-Tall Oaks Civic Association of one Bethea Lee, who turns out to be a Wheaten terrier that belongs to former president Mark Crawford. `She had a name,` resident Robin Klein Browder told The Washington Post. `It wasn`t Spot or Rover. Everyone thought she was human.`" UPI

It is patently cruel and disrespectful to name a pet "Rover" or "Fluffy." A cat or a dog is a member of the family, and he deserves a dignified first name, and he is also entitled to the family surname.

I wouldn`t take it to kindly if folks referred to me as "Curly" in an ironic reference to my shaved head. I am Robert Paul Reyes, and the Lee`s Wheaten terrier is Bethea Lee.

Bethea Lee will make an excellent president of the Hillbrook-Tall Oaks Civic Association. Rank has its privileges, and I hope that the shaggy pooch will be allowed to poop where she darn well pleases.

The only problem I see is that Bethea will be easy to bribe, if a homeowner throws her a bone she will allow him to build an illegal addition to his home.

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