Image of Dasher, sourced from Dashers Twitter page. Writer and Editor lived in Melbourne prior to and during Dashers death, before moving to Sydney.
This area was full of life, thanks to a friendly dingo kelpie by the name of Dasher. Dasher had a great 15 years of life, until (unfortunately) his life was cut short due to being hit by a car at Moore Park. According to his owner, Dasher was just one ordinary dog. However, this dog is not an ordinary dog to the locals in Sydney's Surry Hills. Dasher still is their favourite pet, or one of. Dasher apparently has more Twitter and other social media followers than his owner. Even more than yours truly.
For a number of years until around March 2012, Dasher used to sit outside his home at 443 Crown Street, graciously accepting pats and cuddles by the locals. In fact from any passer by. All of his loyal fans felt that Dasher was one of their own, and to this day he still is. Still sorely missed, and his death was a sad moment. Locals came with an abundance of flowers and well wishing messages on his memorial, of which is permanently etched outside his home today. Unfortunately rain has wiped out all of these great messages since.
Dashers memorial outside his old home today
Many of the locals found Dasher to be a graceful pet. So faithful, and even to those locals who may have had a down and depressed day, Dasher immediately lifted their mood and spirits with his mere graceful presence alone. So adorable. So loveable.
Remember those coke cans where you can put your name on a can of coke? This was the rage in Sydney, where you could share a coke with Matt or someone else. How about "Share a Coke with Dasher?" Something many locals have done, although Dasher had some dietary restrictions, and therefore you would not even give a dog a Coke at the best of times. People loved Dasher that much. He was (and still is) a Crown Street Surry Hills celebrity, aptly named the "Surry Hills Dog."
Image sourced from Flickr page with photos of Dasher
There was a stage during Dashers graceful life of being spoilt with pats and hugs, where the council wanted to order Dasher back behind the fence. Petitions beckoned in abundance, as the locals were outraged. As a result, Dasher was allowed to hang out on the footpath outside his home at 443 Crown Street until his sad death. The art pavement outside 443 Crown Street is a great place to remember him, and to pay your respects. Dasher, to the Surry Hills locals, definitely lives on. Who knows if there will ever be another Surry Hills (celebrity) dog in Sydney Life. Only time will tell.
Where: Outside 443 Crown Street Surry Hills NSW
Why: Memories of, and to pay respects to Dasher, Surry Hills' celebrity dog.
When: If passing by and whenever you feel like it, however don't stay for too long in considering the owners privacy as you know.
Good for kids: Recommended as a kid-friendly activity in the area on the KidTown Sydney hub.