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Buddy, 12

By Eric Richardson
Published: Friday, June 20, 2008, at 03:07PM
Both Host Ed Fuentes

At the 2007 Dog Day Afternoon, Buddy poses with Hal Bastian, Joaquin and Monsignor Kevin Kostelnik.

Downtown lost one of the pioneers of its revitalization today. Buddy, Hal Bastian's golden retriever, had to be put down this morning after suffering ongoing issues with his hind legs. Downtowners with dogs owe a lot to Buddy for how many new buildings are pet friendly. Hal and Buddy moved Downtown to work for Tom Gilmore when he was in the process of starting the Old Bank district conversion. Tom made his buildings pet-friendly, and in doing so set the tone for how Downtown residential would proceed.

Hal, now VP of Economic Development at the Downtown Center BID, sent out the news in an email this afternoon.

On a sad note, I had to put “Buddy," my golden retriever down this morning. Recently, he had been suffering from his hind legs collapsing with no notice. This morning he collapsed and was never able to get up. He lived from October 6, 1995 until today. My Mom and I were with him when he died.

Buddy led a "charmed" life and was a very important part of the Downtown Community. When I left Gilmore Associates six and a half years ago, Tom Gilmore got over me leaving, but not over “Buddy” being in the office. “Buddy” worked right to the end, including this week. He got that work ethic from me.

Our Second Annual Downtown Dog Day Afternoon at the Cathedral will be in his honor on July 29, 2008 from 6pm-9pm. All our welcome to attend. Please go to http://www.downtownla.com to RSVP.

Lastly, many of you have already asked how you can console me. A nice note to me at home would be great, but no flowers please. Also, you might want to donate to the Bark Avenue Foundation at:

http://www.barkavenuefoundation.org/ct/store/home.asp

Bark Avenue took great care of him during his life.

Last year's Dog Day Afternoon was a great success, and was hosted by Buddy and Joaquin, Monsignor Kevin Kostelnik's black labrador.

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