Memorial service planned for Bosco, downtown's mascot

Black Labrador served as grand marshal at pet parades

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. June 9 at Main St. Brewery for Bosco, the black Labrador that was downtown Pleasanton's mascot for years. Bosco died last Tuesday at the age of 13-1/2.

Brewery retailer Matt Billings, who created a special Bosco's Brew, will pour glasses filled with the beverage and also provide appetizers, Bosco's owners Frances and Don Hewwitt said.

The black Labrador 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.


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Posted by M
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on May 27, 2009 at 8:52 pm

Ahhh~ good dog, Bosco. RIP boy.

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Posted by D
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 27, 2009 at 9:12 pm

Sorry for your loss Mr and Mrs Hewitt.

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Posted by Liz Sufit, DVM
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 28, 2009 at 9:04 am

I'm so sad to be reading this while visiting my parents in Virginia. My deepest, heartfelt sympathies to the Hewitts. I have had the great pleasure and honor of treating Bosco for many years at Pleasanton Veterinary Hospital (formerly Hopyard Animal Hospital) and know that the Hewitts have lost a wonderful companion. Bosco was a loving and well-loved dog - a very special boy indeed. Hugs, and may the memories of him bring you comfort.

best regards, Dr. Liz

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Posted by Ex P-town Resident
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 10, 2009 at 4:46 pm

I no longer live in Pleasanton but I do remember this dog going back many years. Very sorry to hear this news. :(

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