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​LARPD and Valley Humane Society Celebrate​ Boomer Bowers as Livermore's Inaugural Ambassadog

Livermore Ambassadog 2024 Boomer Bowers
L to R: LARPD General Manager Mat Fuzie, Director Phil Pierpont, Valley Humane Society President Melanie Sadek, 2024 Ambassadog Boomer Bowers, Director James Boswell, Director Jan Palajac, Board Chair David Furst, Kelly Bowers. Photo Credit Penelope Tamm

Livermore, CA – [February 2, 2024] Valley Humane Society and Livermore Area Recreation and Park District (LARPD) are proud to jointly announce Boomer Bowers as the inaugural Ambassadog for Livermore, CA in 2024.

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Boomer's Official Ambassadog Photo

Boomer Bowers is an English cream Labrador Retriever born on April 16, 2015. He has become an integral part of the Bowers family since his adoption at just over eight weeks old. Boomer has been a fixture in Livermore with outstanding contributions and service in the community.

Over the years, Boomer participated in events on school campuses and facilities throughout the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District, including reading with students with special needs, offering stress relief during exams, and providing comfort during times of grief or crisis.

Boomer providing comfort on school campuses
Boomer providing comfort for LVJUSD students

He also volunteered at community vaccination clinics during the height of the pandemic, offering a calming presence to those receiving vaccinations.

Boomer has a strong work ethic with daily retrievals of the newspaper, putting away his stuffed toys, and providing comfort to individuals of all ages in Livermore. Boomer has also participated in community events, including the LARPD Dogtoberfest, Guinness Book of World Record contests, and the annual Race to the Flagpole sponsored by the Livermore-Granada Boosters.

Boomer and his family have generously supported Valley Humane Society through direct donations and contributing handcrafted dog beds made from wine barrels from local wineries.

Boomer comforting the community during vaccination clinics
Boomer comforting the community during vaccination clinics

Boomer, now a senior dog at nearly 60 in human equivalent years, faces disabling mobility issues due to osteoarthritis. Despite these challenges, he continues enjoying daily walks through Livermore's parks, paths, and trails.

Valley Humane Society and Livermore Area Recreation and Park District recognized Boomer as the 2024 Livermore Ambassadog at the January 31, 2024, LARPD Board of Directors meeting with a proclamation, certificate, and official Livermore Ambassadog leash. Boomer's role symbolizes his commitment to fostering a dog-friendly community, and we wish him well as he pleasantly paws his way through Livermore.

This opportunity was made available as a fundraiser to support Valley Humane Society's programs at their annual gala, Tails at Twilight.