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Occupiers Agree on One Thing: Dogs Rule
Shelby voted leader of Denver protest

The Occupy movement can be divisive, even among its supporters, but the Denver crew of Occupiers have agreed on one thing: They have a leader—a Border Collie/Cattle Dog mix named Shelby.

On Sunday night, an assembly of Occupy Denver protesters voted in three-year-old Shelby as their new boss. She accepted the mantle with good grace and set about her first task, an early evening nap.

Then, on Tuesday, Occupiers sat in at Colorado governor John Hickenlooper’s office, requesting a future meeting with him on Shelby’s behalf. The list of her concerns included unemployment rates, government spending, and budgets for law enforcement and education. There’s no word yet from the Governor’s office on setting up a meeting.

Shelby’s been visiting the Occupy camp in downtown Denver every other day for about a month with her owner, Boulder resident Peter John Jentsch. (He calls himself her “bodyguard.”) Shelby refuses to talk about her political leanings, but Jentsch says she’s an independent voter.

Jentsch recognizes that, as a canine citizen, Shelby’s a little impartial. “She has yet to come by herself,” he told Denver’s Westword, “so she’s only as passionate as I am.”

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Kathleen St. John is a freelance writer for target The Denver Post and The Onion's A.V. Club, and a lifelong dog lover. She lives in Denver, Colo., with her husband, John, and her dog, Daisy, who's a mix of just about everything. avclub.com

Photo of Shelby by Kelsey Whipple/Westword.

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Submitted by Anonymous | November 9 2011 |

He's a herding dog--so I think it's brilliant! Maybe Shelby will provide a little direction and drive so the important messages of fairness and representation will be heard.

Submitted by Kathleen St. J. | November 11 2011 |

That's true - I didn't think of the herding-dog thing. A natural leader!

Submitted by Ann Mason | November 9 2011 |

Shelby is a beautiful dog, and obviously ready to step up to the plate and take charge. This gives me a sense of hope.

Submitted by citydog | November 9 2011 |

From another article:

“Shelby has more human traits than any corporation: She can bleed, she can breed and she can show emotion. If this is the way the corporate world chooses to do business, let’s apply the same rule.”

From: http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/11/09/every-dog-has-its-day-occupy-denver-...

Submitted by Roo | November 9 2011 |

From another article: “Shelby has more human traits than any corporation: She can bleed, she can breed and she can show emotion. If this is the way the corporate world chooses to do business, let’s apply the same rule.”

Makes sense in context. It's more than a cutesy "dogs rule" thing.

Submitted by danielle | November 16 2011 |

I love dogs, bu this is a little silly, and I think takes away from the real reasons people are there. Moving on now.....

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