Pleasanton Weekly

News - June 5, 2009

Bosco, downtown's mascot, dies

Black lab served as grand marshal at pet parades

by Jeb Bing

Bosco, downtown Pleasanton's mascot for years, died last week at the age of 13-1/2.

The black Labrador was owned by Don and Frances Hewitt and went to work every day with Frances when she was an associate director of the Pleasanton Downtown Association. He also served as the grand marshal of the PDA's pooch parade during the First Wednesday street parties each August.

Bosco frequently volunteered his services as a compassionate pet with the Valley Humane Society and on nursing home visits in Pleasanton and Livermore.

"Bosco was an icon in the downtown area and Don and I were often referred to as 'Bosco's parents' by people who didn't know our names," said Frances Hewitt, who now has her own business.

Bosco was born in Sisters, Ore. Dec. 29, 1995 and soon found that hunting was his passion. After moving to Pleasanton, he also found his other passion was bringing joy to those shopping downtown and doing business at the PDA's office, where some thought he was in charge.

A memorial service is being planned for 6 p.m. June 9 at Main Street Brewery, one of Bosco's favorite stops and also where owner Matt Billings created a special Bosco's Brew, which will be poured in the late Bosco's honor. Besides Don and Frances Hewitt, he is survived by the Hewitts' labrador Cabo, Bosco's great nephew.


Posted by Pleasantonian, a resident of Amador Estates
on Jun 11, 2009 at 4:15 pm

Bosco was the best dog ever! I never met a dog as intelligent, caring, sweet and outgoing as this black lab. He will truly be missed by all in Pleasanton - especially the regulars at Main St. Brewery. RIP Bosco Hewitt!

Posted by 2ME4U, a resident of Birdland
on Jun 11, 2009 at 7:55 pm

Ilove dogs, Labs especially and I feel so sorry for Bosco's parents. If you haven't lost a dog that you love and spend a lot of time with, not just lock up in the backyard, you don't know how bad it is. That being said wasn't this posted a week ago by the editor and it's only about 5 threads down from this one?

Posted by SS Haulr, a resident of Mission Park
on Jun 12, 2009 at 11:01 am

Wasn't "Bosco" a dog that beat two people to become Mayor of Sunol and lived in Sunol in the 70's & 80's? Who was this this imposter :) Sorry to see any god dog go :(

Posted by Pat, a resident of Verona
on Jun 12, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Yes and no. "Bosco" writen about in the Weekly was always a Pleasanton dog/institution. I remember going to the PDA offices around Christmas one year only to have "our" Bosco lying in the doorway with felt antlers on his head. He'd let Frances do anything to him she wanted. Wonderful pet!

Posted by Pat, a resident of Verona
on Jun 12, 2009 at 12:36 pm

Oops! Really I'm outstanding in English...writen should be WRITTEN.

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