Park Patrol. That was Domino’s job. A beautiful black and white Akita, Domino patrolled the streets of his Highland neighborhood and Columbia Park for nearly eight years. He made his appointed rounds four times a day, rain or shine, accompanied by his assistants, John and Carissa. Everyone in the neighborhood knew Domino by name, though his owners were mostly known only “the people with Domino.” Kids ran up to him calling out “Domino, Domino!” Though he loved all kids, he was partial to pretty girls. Carissa’s well-being was Domino’s special charge. He was an excellent judge of character, frequently putting himself between her anyone he was suspicious of.
Over the years, he attended festivals in the park; Easter being his favorite. He took the responsibility of scouting out leftover eggs very seriously. Music from the park required him to make extra patrols, knowing he was expected. Once he broke up a mugging in the park. He patrolled the streets making people feel safer and guarded his beloved masters and home, earning more friends than most of us do over a lifetime. He was beloved of many. We said a sad goodbye to our beautiful boy Christmas Day. We’ll miss you, Domino.