Lucy Lou, the former mayor of Rabbit Hash, Ky., passed away on Monday, Sept. 10. The border collie served as mayor of the small town for eight years, stepping down over Labor Day weekend in 2016 to help raise money for the rebuilding of the Rabbit Hash General Store after a fire destroyed it (read more here). The mayoral elections raise funds for Rabbit Hash, which was especially needed after the fire.
The Honorable Lucy Lou lived a dozen extraordinary years (about 70 dog years). She was elected mayor (yes, she was voted into the mayoral position by the good people of Rabbit Hash, following a tradition of Canine-In-Chiefs) in 2008 and during her tenure was often voted in the Top 3 in the Best Local Elected Official poll in CityBeat’s Best of Cincinnati. In 2012, she won the top honors in the category, edging out Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls and Mayor Mark Mallory. Lucy was the subject of several newspaper and magazine articles and TV segments, including a spot on CBS’s Sunday Morning in 2008 (watch below).
One of Lou' people, Bobbie Kayser, announced her passing with a sweet, touching Facebook post.
“She was an astounding canine who brought joy to many more people than just her immediate family,” Kayser wrote. “I'm so proud to have known her and shared these short years on earth with her. Run free and easy, sweet girl. Momma loves you.”