Cody the golden retriever, a fixture in front of a local Fort Street antique shop, has passed away. (ItkasanImages)

Beloved Victoria antique shop pooch passes, his presence mourned by many

Supporters wanted off-leash exemption granted for Cody the golden retriever

An iconic neighbourhood pet at the centre of a on-leash dog bylaw enforcement action last year by the City of Victoria has passed on.

Cody the golden retriever, whose gentle manner and friendly demeanor made him a darling with passersby and customers of Charmaine’s Past and Present, would regularly lay in or near the doorway of the antique shop, causing City bylaw officers to step in and issue a warning to store owner Charmaine Britton.

Commenters to a Victoria News Facebook post Sunday about the 14-year-old dog’s passing relayed their experiences with the dog.

“Cody was the highlight of my daily walks downtown,” wrote Helen Kelley Edwards. “He used to come up to me for a pat on the head and a hug. I have missed him lately and wondered why he was not there. Now I know. RIP, Cody. You will be missed.”

Michael Porter was a customer of the store who found himself petting Cody before he stepped in the door.

“I knew that this store would be a favourite and it has remained that way to this day, as I often stopped there just to see Cody,” he wrote. “I brought treats with me for Cody from time to time and came to know that dozens, if not hundreds of people were doing the same thing.”

Tara Wallden added to the comments with, “Cody touched lives including mine. There is something wonderful about animals that seek out the love of others. He had a wonder [sic] sense of comfortable belonging and made you feel welcome.”

Britton, who through a staff member at the store has indicated she is declining media interviews on the dog’s passing, began keeping Cody inside after the warning and leaving the dog at home on hot days, as he would scratch to get out of the store to his regular post.

Outside support for allowing the dog to stay outside unleashed grew quickly once the story broke. Resident Ryan Painter gathered signatures on an online petition and delivered it to city council, asking that an exemption be granted in this situation. Council rejected the idea, saying the leash bylaw is there not only to protect the public from aggressive dogs, but to keep sidewalks safe for blind people, among other things.

editor@vicnews.com

Just Posted

New figures show City of Victoria spent $30,000 to remove Macdonald statue

Contentious decision sparked controversy, apology from mayor

High school graduation rates on the rise in Greater Victoria

High school completion up from 71 to 86.8 per cent over 10 years

Pacific Centre Family Services Association a winning design in Colwood

Victoria Real Estate Board winner a welcoming sight

Victoria curling foursome looks to defend provincial title

2019 BC Junior Curling Championships held in Vernon from Dec. 27, 2018 to Jan. 1, 2019

Top tourism executives in B.C. earn almost $1 million

Destination B.C. CEO Marsha Walden received total compensation of $296,487 in 2017-18

Unique technology gives children with special needs more independent play

UVic’s CanAssist refined seven prototypes aided by $1.5M government contribution

Greater Victoria holiday craft fair roundup for Nov. 16 to 18

Check off all of the items on your shopping list at these great events

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Nov. 14

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Children between 6 and 9 eligible for $1,200 RESP grant from province

BC Ministry of Education is reminding residents to apply before the deadline

Privacy concerns over credit card use for legal online pot purchases

Worries follow privacy breaches at some Canadian cannabis retailers

NEB approves operating pressure increase to repaired Enbridge pipeline

The pipeline burst outside of Prince George on Oct. 9, now operating at 85 per cent

B.C. VIEWS: Setting speed limits in a post-fact political environment

Media prefer ‘speed kills’ narrative, even when it fails to appear

Controversy erupts over Japanese flag in B.C. classroom

Online petition demanding removal has collected more than 5,700 signatures

Death toll rises to 76 in California fire with winds ahead

Nearly 1,300 people remain unaccounted for more than a week after the fire began

Most Read