Famous QA dog Oslo passes away

Oslo, the happy, smiling golden retriever who was the namesake and greeter at OSLO’s A Men’s Store, died peacefully at the Queen Anne Animal Clinic on May 15.

He was 11 years old and battling canine bone cancer for the last eight months of his life.

From 2005 to 2011, Oslo worked as a shop dog at OSLO’s A Men Store (1519 Queen Anne Ave. N.) He was the business’ namesake and mascot and served as the greeter on most days of the week, often lying outside on the sidewalk.

He was popular with the people passing by, customers and children who got their haircut at Oslo’s.

Oslo attained celebrity status, appearing in several local and national publications.

Oslo lived his entire life in Queen Anne and spent the last four years of his life in retirement, still often seen on Queen Anne Avenue outside of Starbucks, All the Best Pet Store and Menchie’s.

He also loved chasing tennis balls at both Bhy Kracke Park, on the east side of Queen Anne, and the East Queen Anne Playground.

He is survived by his owner, John McDowell, a Queen Anne resident of 21 years and former owner of OSLO’s A Men’s Store.

Memorials can be made in honor of Oslo to the Seattle Parks Foundation, earmarked in his name for Bhy Kracke Park.