Toby elected 2023 Dog Mayor of Tryon

Published 12:16 pm Monday, September 25, 2023

Over two thousand dollars raised for Foothills Humane Society and Paws, Prayers and Promises


TRYON—The third annual Tryon Dog Mayor election was held on September 22 in downtown Tryon, during the Fourth Friday event.

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This year, the event raised an impressive $2,932 for the Foothills Humane Society and Paws, Prayers and Promises.

Of the 20 candidates that entered the contest, Clyde the Goberian came in third place, and second place went to Paddington the Wheaten Terrier. The coveted title of 2023 Tryon Dog Mayor went to Toby, a mixed breed.

The election results were counted and presented at 7 p.m. in St. Luke’s Plaza by Mayor Alan Peoples.

The first Dog Mayor was elected in 2019, with the honor surprisingly enough going to a cat, Rusty Bunshine. In 2022, the late Judy Booty won the election. 

Details regarding next year’s Tryon Dog Mayor election can be found at or by emailing