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May 1, 2017 | by  | in News | [ssba]

Death of Wellington Icon

Oriental Bay’s famous dog, Bernie, died on April 19 following a terminal illness.

The ten-year old Bernese mountain dog was a prominent fixture outside Wellington’s Freyberg Pool on Oriental Parade, and the face of Bernie’s on the Bay café.

He was believed to have developed a growth in his lung which led to his death. The average life expectancy for a Bernese mountain dog is six years.

Bernie had been a poster-dog to help raise funds for the SPCA’s relocation to the Fever Hospital, featured in Wellington City Council’s event calendar, and won a 2013 Dominion Post poll on Wellington’s favourite shop dog.

Many Wellington residents took to social media to express their condolences on hearing of Bernie’s death, with Wellington City Council Mayor Justin Lester tweeting, “Saddened to hear the news this morning that Bernie, Oriental Parade’s favourite resident has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. #ripbernie.”

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