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The townsfolk of Sunol still misses their dog mayor Bosco. Bosco Ramos, who was once owned by the Stillman family, is a mixture of Labrador and Rottweiler breeds. The dog mayor was often seen roaming around the town while hanging out with the local people and visitors.

In December 19, 2008, the local government unveiled Bosco's statue situated next to the post office, under the the town clock. The monument is made of bronze and was sculptured by the Russian artist Lena Toritch. In his statue, Bosco has his usual signature kerchief and a lolling tongue.

Bosco, A Symbol of Peace and Democracy

In the 1981 pseudo-election in Sunol, Bosco was able to beat two candidates for the mayoral spot. Since then, he was called the first dog mayor. Every Halloween, he leads the parade with his formal tuxedo on. One of the locals said that when the town was devastated with a huge fire in 1987 wherein the 125-year old Lyon's brewery and other properties were destroyed, Bosco stared at it looking sad.

Bosco's political run came strong when he was featured in the Chinese Communist newspaper in 1989. He was also invited to participate in the 30-hour communist rally in front of the Chinese consulate located in San Francisco. He died peacefully during his sleep in 1994.

As another form of commemoration to the dog mayor, a bar called Bosco's Bones and Brew which opened in 1999 built a specialized Bosco-stuffed dead dog behind the building. Visitors can have a share of beer by lifting the dog's rear left leg.
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