Since Gatsby was taking forever to tabulate the results from Bark the Vote, I decided to step in and work my spreadsheet magic for him. Thanks to everyone who participated! Interestingly enough, the canine results were in line with the actual results. Chicago dogs voted for "Bark" Obama 55% to "Mutt" Romney's 43% based on their selection of a tasty Real Meat treat from either a blue or red bowl. Congrats to Urban Pooch Canine Life Center for being the busiest Paw-ing Place with the highest number of paw-ticipants! Also be sure to check out some of the event photos at the bottom of this post and other great pictures from Unleashed Pups and Urban Pooch on their Facebook pages. And of course you can see more buzz from the day of the event on the AllRoverTown Facebook Page or Twitter Account.
Thinking about getting a dog in the near future? You might want to review the detailed results below very carefully as they may shed some light on the best gender, age and breed to match your political views. You may even discover your dog might prefer to live in a different zipcode based on his/her political views.
Results by Breed
When looking at breed characteristics, it appears that the breeds best suited for Democratic households include: the Anatolian Shepherd, Beagle, Border Collie, Cavapoo, Corgi, Danish Swedish Farm Dog, English Field Setter, Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, Leonberger, Long-haired Daschund, Maltepoo, PBGV, Puggle, Rat Terrier, Sheltie, Weimaraner and Xoloscuintle (aka Mexican Hairless dog). When considering retrievers, Golden Retrievers are best suited for Democratic households while Labrador Retrievers may fit in best with Republican households. Want to increase your odds of getting a democratic Retriever? Try the popular Golden Retriever / Poodle mix - apparently the democratic Poodle breed enhances the Golden Retriever's already democratic tendencies. The Poodle seems to have a similar effect when crossed with the already highly Democratic Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and has an alarming ability to completely shift the 100% Republican Maltese to strongly Democratic in the popular Maltepoo. Unfortunately the Poodle's predominantly Democratic beliefs do not seem to win out when crossed with breeds like the Shih Tzu and Labrador Retriever and shockingly enough, the Schnauzer Poodle cross (aka Schnoodle) seems to give way to the recessive Republican gene evident in both breeds...go figure. Looking for a good red-blooded Republican hound? Try the American Bulldog, Bernese Mountain Dog, Boston Terrier, Boxer, Chihuahua, Doberman, Foxhound, German Wire-haired Pointer, Greyhound, Husky, Lhasa Apso, Maltese, Manchester Terrier, Pomeranian, Pug, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Schnoodle, Shiba Inu, Silky Terrier, or Westie; they all "paw'd" 100% Republican (we make no disclosure about how many of each breed showed up to vote of course...)
Results by Gender
When it comes to gender, both male and female dogs seem to be evenly divided about their political choices. The only noticeable difference is that all Independent/Undecided voters were male, so if you tend to like the Independent candidates then you might want to consider at male Yorkshire Terrier, Cairn Terrier or German Shepherd as your future best friend.
Results by Age
Gatsby and I were both surprised to see the trend in political affiliation when related to age. Our young voters seem to start out as strong Republican supporters but switch to the Democratic party sometime between their first and second year. For no reason we could determine, they are gradually swayed back toward the Republican party between their second and ninth years but then upon reaching retirement age they swing aggressively back to the Democratic party. Perhaps they are afraid the Republican party will take away their Medicare support? Or maybe they become more altruistic closer to the end of their lives and feel that they should share everything with the less fortunate? Whatever the case, we thought it was an interesting enough trend to share with you.
Results by Zipcode
Finally, based on the 2012 Bark the Vote results, you might want to consider a move to make your pooch feel more comfortable around his/her neighbors. Have a Republican pup? Try looking at property in 60004 and 60131. With a 100% Republican voting turnout, those zipcodes are sure to be more welcoming for your Republican pup. Democratic pooch? Your pup's in luck since Chicago is very much Obama-land. There are several neighborhoods that paw'd 100% Democrat, but you might want to avoid 60004, 60131, 60611, and 60661.
In the true spirit of Gatsby's and my efforts to make AllRoverTown a great resource to help you find dog-friendly places to explore, we wouldn't have been able to put together this super fun Bark the Vote event without the support of our amazing Paw-ing Places. All of them are dog-friendly year round so please show them your support by visiting them, liking them on Facebook or checking out their websites for more information. As an added bonus, some of our Paw-ing Places along with some other sponsors chipped in to provide one lucky pup with a Grand Prize valued at over $1,000! Yes, apparently it is okay to pay-off voters when it comes to Bark the Vote :-)
Get Pet Chicago - One-month of dog walking
AllRoverTown - $200 Gift Certificate to ANY Paw-ing Place You Choose!
Animal Sense Training - One regularly priced 6-week class
James Rand Photography - Pet Portrait Session w/ Photo CD
Animal Medical Center - Veterinary Office Visit
Earth Pups - Gift Basket
Stella & Chewy's - Gift Basket
Official Paw-ing Places 2012
4Legs - 3809 N Clark
Animal Medical Center of Chicago - 1618 W Diversey
Animal Sense Canine Training and Behavior - 1407 N Wells
Central Bark Doggy Day Care - 3358 N Pulaski
Clark n Oak Animal Health & Wellness Center - 1009 N Clark
Copperfield's Market - 70 W Huron
Dog-A-Holics - 3657 N Southport
Earth Pups - 2215 W Belmont
For Dog's Sake - 207 W Superior
Jameson Loves Danger - 5208 N Clark
Mary Walter - 33 W Superior
Mid-North Animal Hospital - 2212 N Halsted
My Vet - 1643 W Cortland
Paper Doll - 2027 W Division
Paper Source - 232 W Chicago
Pet Supplies Plus - 3640 N Elston
Soggy Paws Logan Square - 2526 W Armitage
Soggy Paws South Loop - 1925 S Archer
Soggy Paws Uptown - 1148 W Leland
South State n 16th Animal Wellness Center - 1601 S State
SP2 - 2316 W Leland
Unleashed - 1535 N Dayton
Urban Pooch - 4501 N Ravenswood