Famous Wellington dog Bernie to be honoured with statue

  • 28/04/2017
Bernie was a mainstay of Oriental Parade wellington dog (Sam Salek / Twitter)
Bernie was a mainstay of Oriental Parade (Sam Salek / Twitter)

A memorial statue is to be erected on Oriental Parade for much-loved Wellington dog Bernie, who died last week.

Mayor Justin Lester, along with the Wellington City Council, is starting a PledgeMe campaign to raise money to erect a memorial statue for the Bernese mountain dog.

It will be placed at the Freyberg Pool and Fitness Centre and early designs suggest elements such as a permanent water bowl, lead holders and waste bags for dogs in the area.

Bernie, the namesake of the cafe Bernie's on the Bay, died 10 days ago, and the outpouring of support and grief from the public has left his owners overwhelmed.

"It is clear to me that myself, family and friends were in fact 'care givers' to Bernie, but in all reality it would appear that Bernie was Wellingtons dog," they posted on Facebook on Friday morning.