By the edhat staff
The Garden Street Dog is decked out for the July 4th holiday.
For those who are new to Santa Barbara, or edhat, or somehow just obtained internet access, here’s the story on this four-foot, 340 pound statue located at the corner of Garden and Mission Streets.
The statue came in 1904 with the second owners of the Crocker House who transplanted from Michigan.They had the statue made in the memory of a beloved pet, a Labrador Retriever named “Rover” who was born the same day as their daughter, Eleanor, in 1884. The real-life Rover grew up with Eleanor, and reportedly lived to be 18 years old. Numerous stories, deemed to be false, have circled about Rover saving Eleanor’s life.
The community loves this dog so much that we made our April Fool’s joke dedicated to him. Read more here.