Missoula's new canine commissioner ready to sniff out solutions

Bret Anne Serbin

Gidge the three-legged Border Collie is out to prove he can do anything a four-footed pet can do — even serve as a county commissioner.

Gidge recently won a countywide contest to serve as the fourth and furriest member of the Board of County Commissioners. The competition between approximately 60 submissions came down to the wire between Gidge and his closest challenger, a frog named Jeremiah.

Gidge’s owner, Katie Connelly, said she’s excited Gidge secured the commissioner position because her dog has a thoughtful platform the pair would like to implement in Missoula County.

“If he won, think of the good he could do,” Connelly thought when she decided to help her pup apply for the opening.

Some of Gidge’s policy positions include fireworks limitations and expansion of dog-friendly restaurant options.

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Gidge, who lives in Lolo, isn’t a fan of fireworks, particularly when they’re unpredictable. Connelly believes Gidge and many of his neighbors would benefit from limiting fireworks to the window around the Fourth of July.

“It’s tough,” Connelly said. “It’s not just tough for him.”

Connelly noted, however, the duo doesn’t want a total fireworks ban

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