Best Dog Story of the Week: Labradoodle Groomed Like Old Dominion University’s Mascot Lion Prompts 911 Call to Police (video)
Posted By Vicki McClure Davidson on January 9, 2013
This is an amusing dog story — a gentle, fun-loving Labradoodle groomed like the Old Dominion University’s mascot lion has given a few people in Norfolk, Virginia a scare, prompting a 911 call to police.
From PilotOnline, Dog shaved to look like lion sparks 911 call in Norfolk:
The 911 caller reported that the baby lion was walking down Colley Avenue, possibly looking for food, near 50th Street. So police called the Virginia Zoo around 10:15 a.m. to make sure the lions were all accounted for, said Winfield Danielson, a zoo spokesman.
Mramba, the male lion, and Zola, the female, were in their habitats.
As it turns out, it was Charles the Monarch that was out and about.
Neighborhood regulars know Charles, who hangs out with his owner at Daniel Painter’s business, Daniel’s Lawn & Garden Center, on Colley Avenue.
Charles is a cross of Labrador retriever and poodle shaved to look like the mascot of Old Dominion University.
He likes to dine at University Pizza.
“He has a thousand-and-200-some friends on Facebook,” Painter said Tuesday.
By evening, with the media attention, his fan base was growing.
Police spokesman Chris Amos said he did a double-take when he first saw Charles at an ODU game. On Tuesday, a Talbot Park Civic League official emailed people to tell them the “lion” was just a dog.
Charles the “Lion Dog” – ODU Mascot Look-alike
From WAVY News, Zoo director hunts for “lion” dog:
NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – The tale of a lion roaming around Norfolk Tuesday afternoon was cut short when officials uncovered the animal was not quite as exotic as some residents initially thought.
To everyone’s relief, the “lion” turned out to be Charles the Monarch, a Labradoodle with a haircut styled to look like Old Dominion University’s mascot.
The Associated Press reports police have told Charles’ owner several times Norfolk citizens have reported seeing a “lion” in their neighborhood.
Here’s the official mascot for Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Big Blue, a friendly lion who is king of the Monarchs: