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Very few humans get a front page obituary coupled with a letter of condolence from the top politician in their jurisdiction. However a very special Newfoundland dog was so honoured.


When Moose died in November, 2007 there was an immediate announcement in The Western Star, the daily newspaper of Corner Brook, Newfoundland, followed by a front page obituary next day. The announcement was titled “Unofficial canine ambassador of Corner Brook dies.”

Obituary for Moose

With the help of Michael T. Wall, the singing Newfoundlander, I was able to get copies of both the obituary and the Premier’s letter as shown below:

Letter from Premier

Peter Maniate has been writing columns for the Newf News, the magazine of the Newfoundland Dog Club of Canada, since 1979.  In 1996 he started writing a Newfoundland dog column in the Breedlines section of Dogs in Canada magazine on behalf of the Newfoundland Dog Club of Canada.  When Dogs in Canada ceased publication at the end of 2011 he continued the Breedlines column in the Newf Newfs.

Permission is granted for re-publication of the preceding article or excerpts from it as long as the author is credited and the name of the original publication and date of first publication is included.

Newf News

January/February 2013