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True Value dog ‘Willow’ has died

In 2006, Willow posed at the Island’s True Value hardware store with the 2007 PAWS Calendar, where she appeared as Miss March. Willow was a constant presence at the store. - Chad Coleman/File Photo
In 2006, Willow posed at the Island’s True Value hardware store with the 2007 PAWS Calendar, where she appeared as Miss March. Willow was a constant presence at the store.
— image credit: Chad Coleman/File Photo

Willow, an Australian shepherd and enduring mascot of the Mercer Island True Value store, died Aug. 16. She was a pet and companion of Islander store owner, De Calvert. Willow was a familiar and friendly presence at the hardware store where she greeted shoppers for more than 15 years.

Willow was born March 28, 1998. In June, she started going to work with Calvert.

“She has been with me almost every working day of my life,” Calvert said.

“If I was sick and had to stay home, someone would come and take her to the store,” she added.

According to dog experts, Aussies are working animals bred to herd livestock. The high-energy dogs need purpose in their lives, like a job.

The dog had been ill in February, but had gotten better, Calvert said, clearly saddened by the loss. The breed’s life expectancy is 12 to 15 years.

The blue-eyed dog was named Miss March for the 2007 PAWS calendar.

Send your memories of Willow to editor@mi-reporter.com..

 

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