Giant Dogs (page 2)

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Giant Dalmatian
Bellevue, OH
Giant Dog
Mount Vernon, IN
Inglewood, CA
The Giant Dalmatian is installed in front of a residence. [map]

The Giant Dog in Mount Vernon is installed on top of the sign at the Hawthorne Animal Clinic. He looks like a Pointer to me. [map]

This monument to Penelope is installed in the median across from the post office downtown. The dog, also known as Rex, followed an Inglewood letter carrier on his route for more than 13 years. This memorial was installed in 1939. It functions as a water fountain for dogs. For more, see this website. [map]

Giant Dog [gone]
Aloha, OR
Giant Dog
Glyndon, MN
Giant Dog
Winter Haven, FL
The Giant Dog in Aloha was about six feet tall and stood across the street from the BarkZone dog daycare. The business opened in 2003. The statue was there by 2007 and was there until at least 2013. It looked like a Standard Schnauzer to me. This photo is from 2008. By 2015, the statue was gone.

This sign for Boardwalk Kennels features a statue of an Alaskan Malamute. The dog statue was created by Ernie Konikson in 1972 for the Crume Kennels. The business was later renamed the Boardwalk Kennels. However, that business is gone now, too. These photos are from 2011. For more, see this website. [map]

This Dog in Winter Haven stands in front of Little Wolfe's Pet Resort. It appears to be a giant Cocker Spaniel. [map]

Giant Dachshund
Dillon, SC
Giant Dachshund
Ruidoso, NM
The Giant Dachshund in Dillon is located at South of the Border. The 15 foot long statue is installed next to Pedro's Hot Dogs. It was produced by International Fiberglass in the 1960s as the Hot Dog Hound. This photo shows the statue ready for shipment at the factory. [photo thanks Terry Nelson]. [map]

The Giant Dachshund in Ruidoso is an identical statue to the one in Dillon. It must have been produced by International Fiberglass as well. I don't know where it was installed originally but it is now on the roof of the Ruidoso Emporium. It has been there since at least 2015. [map]

Bobbie the Wonderdog
Silverton, OR
Alma, AR
Giant Husky
Saint-Nicolas, QC
Bobbie the Wonderdog was a Collie mix from the 1920s who became famous for traveling more than 2,500 miles after being lost in Indiana to return to his home in Silverton. Since at least 2007, this statue and doghouse have been located downtown in his memory. For more, see this website. [map]

This Airedale statue stands in front of the Performing Arts Center. The Airedale Terrier is the mascot of Alma High School. [map]

This Husky advertises for Le Chenil La Poursuite, a dog sledding school. [map]

Jim the Wonder Dog
Marshall, MO
dog statue
McLeansboro, IL
Great Dane
Galveston, TX
Jim the Wonder Dog was an English Llewellyn Setter that lived from 1925-1937. He was a local celebrity that predicted future events and understood many different languages. His grave is located in the Ridge Park Cemetery. This bronze statue was installed in 1999 in a small park where the hotel he used to live in was located. For more, see this website. [map]

The dog statue in McLeansboro is located at the McCoy Memorial Library. It is about twice life size. The statue has been here since at least the 1960s. Does anyone know more about it? For more, see this website. [map]

This Great Dane sculpture was carved by Dayle Lewis from a live oak tree which had been destroyed during Hurricane Ike in 2008. The sculpture was modeled after Hunter, the dog that lives on the property. The sculpture is dressed up for various holidays. For more, see this website. [map]

Giant Labrador Retriever
Burlington, WA
Giant Labrador Retriever
Spokane, WA
This Giant Labrador Retriever in Burlington has been owned by the Country Store since around 2013. It was originally located at the Aslin-Finch Feed Store in Spokane, WA which the Country Store bought. The statue is nicknamed Aslin. It is moved around to the company's 13 stores for their Pet-A-Palooza sales events from Spring until Fall.

The Giant Labrador Retriever in Spokane looks like it's permanently installed at this Country Store. These photos are from 2016. [map]

George Tirebiter
Los Angeles, CA
George Tirebiter was a USC mascot in the 1940s. He was a mutt that wandered onto campus. His name came from his habit of chasing cars and biting their tires. He was taken to football games and led the school's marching band onto the field wearing sweaters and funny hats. After the dog died in 1950, a successor, George Tirebiter II, was found.

This bronze statue of the George Tirebiter entitled "Mascot/Fan" was created in 2006 by Michael Davis. It actually depicts George Tirebiter II. For more, see this website.

Brownsville, TX
Portland, OR
Dog Bench
Davis, CA
This bronze Bloodhound sculpture is located at St. Joseph Academy where the sports teams are known as the Fighting Bloodhounds. I don't know the artist or when it was installed.

Seaman was the Newfoundland dog of Captain Merriwether Lewis. The dog accompanied Lewis & Clark on their expedition. This life-sized, bronze statue was installed at the Pamplin Sports Center at Lewis and Clark College in 2010. The sculpture was created by Georgia Gerber. The dog is the college's mascot. It is nicknamed "Pio." The college's sports teams are named the Pioneers. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

The bronze Dog Bench sculpture was created by Roy De Forest in 2000. It is on loan to the Shields Library at UC Davis where it is installed. De Forest taught at UC Davis from 1965-1992.

dog statue
Brady, TX
This bronze dog statue is located in front of Evridge's Furniture which was established in 1937 as a five and dime store. The store moved across the city square to this location in 1939. I don't know the history of this dog statue but appears to be pretty old. It has reflective eyes. One of the reflectors was missing when these photos were taken in 2017. [map]

Rancho Cordova, CA
These bronze Dogs are located at the Zinfandel light rail train stop. There were originally three statues but I could only find these two. One of them has a broken tail. I believe this light rail stop opened in 2004. The statues were probably installed then. [map]

Vancouver, BC
dog sculpture
Russell, KS
dog statues [gone]
Elmwood Park, NJ
This Poodle sculpture was created by Gisele Amantea and installed in 2012. It is seven feet tall and installed on a 26 foot pole. It was modeled after a porcelain figurine. [map]

This dog sculpture in Russell is installed at DC Sales & Service. [map]

These dog statues in Elmwood Park were made of foam and installed in front of Camp Bow Wow. They were made around 2006. The Golden Retriever is about four feet tall. The statues were still there in 2012 but gone by 2016.

Esso Watchdog
Pottstown, PA
Esso Watchdog statues were produced by the Esso Oil Company. This German Shepherd Dog was used as the company's home heating oil business mascot from around 1959-1965. These fiberglass statues came in two sizes: seven feet long and three feet long. The larger ones, like this one, were installed on top of the company's oil trucks. This Pottstown statue was located at an Esso Oil delivery company at this site. When Watchdog Condo-Storage opened here, they kept the statue. It is now installed on top of their sign. [map]

German Shepherd Dog & Dalmatian
Southlake, TX
This German Shepherd Dog & Dalmatian stand in front of Southlake's police and fire station. The larger than life bronze dogs were created by Archie St. Clair and installed in 2010. The sculpture in entitled: "Loyalty and Service Above All Else". [map]

Big Red Dog
Northport, AL
The Big Red Dog, aka Rusty, stands on top of the Stephens Gallery. The metal sculpture has been here since at least 1999. [map]

The Doggie Diner chain used giant Dachshund heads on top of its signs. The company's first hot dog stand was built in 1948. There were about 30 locations in the Bay Area. These nine foot tall fiberglass dog head signs were developed in the 1960s. Two men claim to be the artists behind the heads. By one account, they were designed by Stephen Coulthard of Blaze Signs. He modeled the head after one of his mother's Dachshunds. Another more likely designer was Harold Bachman who claims that he drew the dog in 1965. The heads were fabricated by International Fiberglass. The signs revolved on top of 20 foot tall metal poles, earning the nickname "Dachshunds on Sticks". I believe all of the bowties were originally blue with white polka dots. Approximately 24-50 of these heads were produced (stories conflict). About a dozen of them are believed to have survived.

Doggie Diner head
San Francisco, CA
This Doggie Diner head was installed in the Ocean Beach neighborhood opened in 1965. It was the last location left when it closed in 1986. The sign was still in place when the City of San Francisco acquired it in 2000. The following year, the fiberglass head was knocked off its pole by high winds. The damage was substantial, particularly to the dog's nose. The head was repaired and repainted in its original colors. The sign was reinstalled one block from its original location as a memorial to the popular chain. In 2014, this Doggie Diner head was refurbished and reinstalled. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Doggie Diner heads
San Francisco, CA


This trio of Doggie Diner heads are owned by John Law, a private collector. The heads are nicknamed Manny, Moe and Jack after the Pep Boys characters. The trailered trio appears at parades and special events. In 2005, they were towed behind a bus on a roadtrip to New York City, stopping at various roadside attractions. In 2013, they were covered with crochet. They were located in Emeryville for several years. They were kept in a storage yard to protect them from vandalism when the 2008 photos were taken. In 2015, one of the dogs was missing. The dog on the left was being painted. In 2016, all three dogs had been restored and are stored on Treasure Island. [map]

Doggie Diner head
Berkeley, CA
Doggie Diner head
San Jose, CA
Doggie Diner head
Plymouth, CA
The Doggie Diner head in Berkeley is located in someone's back yard.

The Doggie Diner head in San Jose is located inside Streetlight Records. This one may have come from a Doggie Diner Fremont, CA.

The Doggie Diner head in Plymouth has been located at the Via Noceto Winery since 1985. The owners bought the head at an auction. It came from a Doggie Diner location in Hayward or Emeryville. The head was restored in 2012. For more, see this website.

Doggie Diner head
Napa, CA
Doggie Diner head
Stagecoach, NV
The Doggie Diner head in Napa is owned by Kip Atchley. He bought the head in 2014 and had it restored. He hopes to eventually revive the Doggie Diner chain. For more, see this website. [map]

The Doggie Diner head in Stagecoach was installed in someone's front yard when this photo was taken in 2014. By 2015, it had been moved and is more visible on Highway 50. For more, see this website.

Doggie Diner heads
Hayward, CA
2015: 2017 & 2018: 2016: 2017:
The two Doggie Diner heads in Hayward are located at Bell Plastics where there are a number of other statues. Bruce Kennedy, the owner of the business and the signs, had the first head shown above restored (3rd & 4th photos above). The other head with the blue and white polka dot tie has been restored and installed on a pole in front of the business. It revolves as it did originally. [map]

There are about five other Doggie Diner heads known to exist. There is one at a bed and breakfast in Mendocino County, CA [no details] and one at Sheep Dung Estates in Boonville, CA. The others are in private collections in Fremont, CA and San Rafael, CA. There was one in Maui, HI which is gone now. There are reports of two in Reno, NV but I have not been able to find anything out about them. If you know of any others or can confirm the existence or removal of the statues just mentioned, I'd love to hear from you.

More Giant Dogs:
Balto (Anchorage, AK)
Patsy Ann (Juneau, AK)
Balto: 1, 2 (Palmer, AK)
Greyhound (Montgomery, AL)
Bird Dog (Union Springs, AL)
The Picnic (Denver, CO)
Annie the Railroad Dog (Fort Collins, CO)
Great Dane (Northglenn, CO)
Propane Dog (Key West, FL)
Labrador Retriever (North Fort Myers, FL)
Beagle (Cottonwood, ID)
Labrador Retriever (O'Fallon, IL)
Dalmatian (Shreveport, LA)
True Grit (Baltimore, MD)
Rusty the Dog (Holland, MI)
dog slide (Tawas City, MI) [gone]
Boston Terrier (Branson, MO) [gone]
Airedale Terrier (Joplin, MO)
Shep (Fort Benton, MT)
Belgian Malinois (Fayetteville, NC)
Seaman (Washburn, ND)
Monty (Buffalo, NY)
Balto (New York, NY)
Good Dog (New York, NY) [gone]
Hounddog's Pizza (Columbus, OH)
Morley's Dog (Johnstown, PA)
Great Dane (Chattanooga, TN)
Pink Dog (Memphis, TN)
Cat and Dog (Austin, TX)
Dog (Fairfax, VA)
Trojan Dog (Roanoke, VA)
Sally (St. Johnsbury, VT)
Dog Chapel (St. Johnsbury, VT)
Husky (Eau Claire, WI)
Newfoundlands (St. Johns, NL)
Dog (Victoriaville, QC)

Hachiko Statue (Tokyo, Japan)
Sheep Dog (Tirau, New Zealand)
Spotty Dog: 1, 2 (Cape Town, South Africa)
Greenside Animal Hopsital (Johannesburg, South Africa)
Jock of the Bushveld (Johannesburg, South Africa)
Jeff Koons' Puppy (Bilbao, Spain)
Bull Terrier (Boras, Sweden)
various dog statues: 1, 2 (various countries)

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