Wellington mayor shows support for memorial for Bernie the dog in Oriental Bay

CATHERINE CATTANACH DAMON SMITH BERNIES ON THE BAY/FACEBOOK

Catherine Cattanach took this pic last year: "I'm very sorry to hear Bernie is no longer of this world!"

Damon Smith wrote: "I took Bernie's photo once. He was a good dog."

Bernie was a fixture along Oriental Parade.

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Wellington's mayor is keenon a permanent tribute to one of the city's favourite dogs, who died earlier this week.

Bernie, a 10-year-old bernese mountain dog, was a constant sight along Oriental Parade, as he spent his time about outside Freyberg Pool, and the cafe named after him, Bernie's on the Bay.

The city's mayor Justin Lester responded to a tweet suggesting a Bernie statue be put up outside the pool on Thursday with: "Thoughts? He was a very notable doggo." 

Lester then went on to say he would "actually look into this".

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The owner of both Bernie the dog and Bernie's the cafe Nick Ryan said on Friday while nothing definite had been planned, he had talked to the mayor and they were going to discuss what they might be able to install.

Bernie the bernese dog of Oriental Parade, Wellington.
DAMON SMITH

Bernie the bernese dog of Oriental Parade, Wellington.

He would love to see a bronze statue of Bernie lying down outside the pool, combined with practical elements like a water bowl, and somewhere to tie dogs up for people visiting that part of the parade.

Ryan said he and his family and friends had been overwhelmed by the amount of contact he'd had from people following Bernie's death, and said many people had told him there should be a plaque or something similar to remember the dog. 

It was clearly the case that many people other than himself had loved the dog, Ryan said.

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A spokesman for the mayor said an update on the issue was expected early next week.

 - Stuff

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