Is this photo not wonderful? It shows Dylan at a groundbreaking ceremony.
Dylan mourned as town loses official dog: Retriever had many duties
By M. Elizabeth Roman TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
ASHBY— The 14-year-old was an actor, a venerated town official and a companion for the sick and elderly for most of his life. But after a long illness, Dylan, a golden retriever, died Saturday. He left a unique legacy that officials say will not be forgotten.
Dylan was appointed Town Hall Dog by the Ashby Board of Selectmen in 2000. The only dog ever named to the post, he follows a rare tradition set by Bum, a Saint Bernard and spaniel mix that became the official city dog of San Diego in the late 1800s. Rockford, Ala., population 450, lost its official town dog, Fred, in 2002.