That’s Moose right there. I mean, it’s a dog named Moose, and it’s Councilman Mike O’Herron’s little buddy.
Moose isn’t getting turkey on Thanksgiving. I can hardly believe it, but that’s what the councilman said. Moose eats raw carrots, and he likes strawberries, too.
“He’s quite a little vegan,” O’Herron said.
*Well, minus Moose’s love for good ol’ doggy kibble.
I asked some elected folks yesterday to share either something delicious they’ll be eating on Thanksgiving or something they’re thankful for as city leaders.
O’Herron said he’s thankful for “relative civility” on the council. By the way, no meeting next Monday.
Councilman Jon Wilkins said he’s thankful for his new granddaughter, Harper Joy, and for living in the great city of Missoula. He’s a military veteran who said he’s lived a strange life.
“I’m just thankful to be alive,” Wilkins said.
Council President Marilyn Marler said she was thankful for having a pretty good crop of councilors on board. She’s also thankful for the Humane Society of Western Montana, where she adopted a little pooch named Miles.
“Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday,” said Marler, who likes the focus on gratitude.
I’m thankful Marler mentioned the Humane Society because it gives me a chance to look at the website on the clock. Back in a sec.
OK, anyone interested in adopting Jerry? Adorable, and photo from HSWMT.
What else? Councilman Alex Taft is grateful for Missoula’s trails ’cause he uses them a ton.
Taft is having dinner with 12 people from 9 years old to 71 years old, and they’ll be dining on a Hutterite turkey and a treat that’s new for the councilor.
“We’re having corn pudding. I’ve never had it before, but I love pudding, so it can’t be bad,” Taft said.
Mayor John Engen, a cook, was delving into new culinary territory, too. He was making a stuffing with kale and pine nuts, called “the Italian mother-in-law dressing.”
“I try to do something different every year,” Engen said.
Councilman Dick Haines said he’s thankful for the freedoms people have in the U.S.
“Even if you live in Missoula, you can still do most things you want to do,” Haines said.
He’ll indulge in traditional dishes on the holiday, turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, and more. He anticipates it’ll put him in a stupor, too.
“All that stuff that makes you feel like an anaconda snake that can’t move. It just lays in the grass,” Haines said.
Councilman Dave Strohmaier will be driving a Hutterite turkey from Montana to Oregon, where he’ll spend Thanksgiving with his mom. He’s thankful for his mom, who just turned 90, and he’s also pleased he doesn’t have to make campaign phone calls this Thanksgiving.
“I am very thankful that I will be able to spend quality, unadulterated time with my family,” Strohmaier said.
Councilman Jason Wiener is thankful for a particular set of folks in Missoula. Wiener is in his second term, and he remembered the people who helped get him to his first city government meeting.
“Missoula’s active transportation advocates. They got me started,” said Wiener, who incidentally has deep fried a turkey before and had praise for the outcome.
At this point, I’m thankful some councilors were absent because this is the post that won’t ever end. Councilors Adam Hertz, Bob Jaffe and Caitlin Copple were gone.
Councilman Ed Childers was there, but he skedaddled before I could nab him.
Councilwoman Cynthia Wolken was there, too, and she was having the Thanksgiving dinner I’ve always wanted but was never allowed: Red meat.
“I am eating some organic, wild, grass-fed elk that we just got, so I’m really excited,” Wolken said.
And she said she’s thankful she lives in a place with such an abundance of wildlife and natural resources.
That’s all for now. I’m thankful to cover local government in a city where people care a ton about their community, everything from potholes to Gigapops. Happy Thanksgiving, and see you Monday.
— Keila Szpaller