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San Francisco, California: Bummer and Lazarus, Dog Pals

A historical plaque in downtown San Francisco reminds city goers of the simple bond between two homeless dogs that wandered the streets in the 1860s, renowned for their rat-killing abilities.

535 Washington St, San Francisco, CA
East side of the Transamerica Pyramid, in the park between Clay and Washington Sts.
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Bummer and Lazarus, Dog Pals

Unfortunately, this area is currently inaccessible due to construction on the Transamerica Pyramid.

[Megan Brown, 01/07/2023]
Bummer and Lazarus, Dog Pals

As of 7 Dec 2022 the plaque that I walked about a mile and a half to see appears to be covered up by the Pyramid building construction.

[Daniel, 12/07/2022]

Bummer and Lazarus.

Bummer and Lazarus, Dog Pals

The plaque is in Redwood Park next to Transamerica building. Dog friendly!

[Brillo Chin, 04/20/2013]

Mid-19th century contemporaries of San Francisco's Emperor Norton, the feral dog pair were exempted from the city's stray dog ordinance because of their exceptional ability to hunt and kill rats. The stuffed carcasses of both were stored in a museum until their disposal in 1910. Since 1992, a downtown brass plaque has reminded the citizenry of its debt to Bummer and Lazarus.

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