There’s someone in Castle Rock, Washington that probably gets more attention than anybody else.
18-year-old Bear Dog, the gentle Black Lab mix, is extremely popular around the community of Castle Rock. The legendary old dog that belongs to Don Caulfield, 62, is so much loved by the locals that he is allowed to break the “no pets allowed” rules at various areas around town and the best part is that he's been mentioned into posted signs barring animals.
Signs at the North County Recreation Sports Complex read, “No pets allowed inside baseball complex or on soccer fields, except Bear Dog.”
Bear Dog acts as the unofficial mascot for the complex. Why? Because he was there when the complex was being constructed as Mayor Paul Helenberg puts it, “He was just one of the guys who helped build it.”
At the age of 18, Bear Dog's health has naturally weakened that has limited his visits to the baseball field.
It’s pretty understandable that some dog owners might not understand why only Bear Dog is treated so specially but to others who are aware of his history, it makes sense.
Mayor told the Longview Daily news that the community will most probably put up a monument when Bear Dog passes away.