First Dogs 🐾

Colusa Brown

Colusa Brown

First Dog

Colusa “Lucy” Brown currently serves as California’s First Dog, after learning the ropes from her big brother Sutter Brown. When she is not out exploring the family ranch in Colusa County with the Governor and First Lady, Lucy can be found guarding the office and herding staff at the State Capitol. In her previous role as Deputy First Dog, Lucy took on several pet projects, including encouraging Californians to sniff out water waste. Lucy was born on March 13, 2015 in Red Bluff, California in a five-puppy “Borgie” litter to proud parents Oliver “Ollie” Winston (a pure bred Pembroke Welsh Corgi) and Chick Magnet (half Border Collie and half Pembroke Welsh Corgi). She joined the Brown family in May 2015.

Cali Brown

Cali Brown

Deputy First Dog

Cali Brown currently serves as California’s Deputy First Dog. Born on January 26, 2018 in Herald, California, to Standard Poodle mother Bailey and Border Collie father Murphy, Cali, a Bordoodle, is without a doubt the pick of her 13-puppy litter. Cali spent her first two months learning the ropes from a family of ranch dogs, showing promise in her engagement with horses, donkeys, goats, sheep and chickens. She began intensive on-the-job training with First Dog Colusa Brown upon joining the Brown family in March, 2018. As Deputy First Dog, her duties include assisting the First Dog in herding staff at the State Capitol and lending a paw around the family ranch in Colusa County.

Sutter Brown (2011-2016)

Sutter Brown (2011-2016)

First Dog

Sutter Brown served as California’s First Dog from 2011 to 2016. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi, born on September 24, 2003 in Ketchum, Idaho, assumed the responsibilities of First Dog when he was adopted by the Governor and First Lady shortly after the 2010 gubernatorial election. Sutter Brown was previously owned by Governor Brown’s sister, Kathleen Brown. He was a fixture in California politics, prolific on social media and took an active role in sniffing out government waste and bark-the-vote efforts. He regularly appeared on Buzzfeed’s annual “Most Important Corgis” list and was featured on playing cards referenced in the Governor’s 2014 State of the State address. Sutter passed away peacefully in December 2016 and was laid to rest at the family ranch in Colusa County, where he loved to roam, sniff and play.