The wonderful writer Mark Lane’s equally wonderful book Legendary Locals is on sale this week. With the 50% savings, it’s a real bargain for only $10.99. It’s a great book to flip through and quickly learn about who made Daytona Beach what it is today. And yes, our Town Dog Brownie is included in the book!… Continue reading Books: Brownie is in Legendary Locals! 50% off now through June 7, 2018
On April 21, 2018, Mark Lane wrote a wonderful column on Brownie’s new statue and memorial.
This photo was recently discovered by Sue Phifer. She posted it on Facebook. Here father took the photo is the early 1950s. It looks like Brownie (who died a few years later) was eating ice cream out of a cigar box. There appears to be an ice cream cone next to the cigar box. Interestingly,… Continue reading Photo: Brownie eating ice cream out a cigar box in the 1950s
It’s quite amazing that a beloved, stray dog getting a bath would make the news, but that’s what happened. The cab drivers arranged to give Brownie a bath and tied a red Christmas bow around his neck. I’m sure he and the Beach Street shoppers enjoyed it!
This photo, taken on November 1, 1954, shows Brownie being taken from a cab by pallbearers to his grave site. The cab drivers of the Daytona Cab Company drove Brownie’s body from the Rawlings Veterinary Hospital to his final resting place.
The date is set for Brownie the Town Dog of Daytona Beach’s new statue and memorial ribbon cutting ceremony. On May 30th at 6 pm, fans of Brownie, Florida’s most historic dog, will gather in Riverfront Park in downtown Daytona Beach to celebrate Brownie and to enjoy cake, dog treats and a doggie parade. The… Continue reading May 30 at 6pm: Ribbon-cutting for Brownie’s NEW statue and memorial
The Brownie Statue in Riverfront Park in Downtown Daytona Beach is now complete. The plaza where benches will be installed is also fully in place and grass has been removed for landscaping, plaques, lighting and irrigation. Photos are being posted daily on Brownie’s Facebook page.
In the 40s, taxi cab drivers sold Brownie the Town Dog postcards to raise money for Brownie’s care. Today, a very kind local family dropped off a copy of this postcard. They bought it from a vintage store and it appears that they had a few that they numbered and sold individually. Note that the… Continue reading The Brownie Postcard from the 40s
The City of Daytona Beach broke ground today on the new Brownie the Town Dog Grave and Memorial. I got to see the molds and lettering for the statue base and the square pavers that will be used for the paved portions of the memorial. All is looking great and the city workers were all… Continue reading City Breaks Ground on New Brownie Memorial!
I am starting a series of posts about other historic dogs that are associated with towns and cities. Our first is Patsy Ann, the Official Greeter of Juneau, Alaska. Patsy Ann was a deaf Bull Terrier who knew when ships were arriving into Juneau’s harbor before anyone else. She watched over Juneau, Alaska from 1929-1942.… Continue reading Historic Dog: Patsy Ann (1929-1942), Official Greeter of Juneau, Alaska