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Dirty Biter's Christmas prank

 

December 23, 2015

THE ORIGINAL – This is Dirty Biter, a notorious town dog in the 1970s memorialized in bronze by La Conner artist Bill Matheson, whose sculpture is the centerpiece at Dirty Biter Park on First Street.                                  – Photo courtesy of Susie Racanello

I think it is appropriate for the season to tell a Dirty Biter winter tale.

While living on Park Street in La Conner, I received a telephone call from a woman in Conway on Christmas Eve morning 1975.

She called to tell me my small, dark brown dog was in her barn. I thought for a moment and then told her that it couldn’t be Biter, because he was a blond dog and was under our bed still sleeping.

She told me she had found only the words La Conner on his dog tag. She called the La Conner Town Hall, and they gave her my phone number — Biter was quite a character, so they knew us well.

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