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Beloved first dogs of California, Maryland among 2016's final victims

Beloved first dogs of California, Maryland among 2016's final victims

Not even politicians' best friends were spared from 2016's wrath.

Governors on both coasts this week said goodbye to the beloved first dogs of their states - Lexi of Maryland, 16, and Sutter Brown of California, 13.

Sutter, a Welch corgi, was the cuddly adorable foil to Gov. Jerry Brown, a gruff 78-year-old Democrat who prefers quoting philosophers to kissing babies.

Brown's sister gifted Sutter to the newly elected governor in 2010, and lobbyists and lawmakers of both parties in Sacramento became enamored with the pooch. Sutter's Twitter page, loaded with cute photos and the occasional message encouraging conservation, amassed more than 11,000 followers. His official...

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