Terrible news, everybody: Dylan Westie, the adorable west highland terrier who—for a brief moment—might have been the cutest lil’ politician in Texas, will not be running for mayor of Irving after all. 

The reason, you’ll be relieved to know, has nothing to do with his species, and everything to do with the fact that the paperwork was filled out improperly: Dylan’s paw-print was never notarized, his owner/campaign manager failed to collect the requisite signatures, and he’s only eighteen—the minimum age to run—in dog years. Still, Dylan’s owner, political blogger Mike Howard, seems to have been having fun with the whole farcical campaign, as evinced by this video from the Dallas Morning News