They considered him a watchdog, a companion, and a bit of a rascal. His owners were amazed at Boogie's rise to recognition and equally saddened by his demise. Boogie was a chocolate lab, but he might as well have been one of the boys.
"He slept with the boys and that continued until now when he was 100 lbs." said owner Jerry Butts. He was also a bit mischievous.
"He got out a couple times. He has been down to Wesselman's and walking through the store. He got in jail that time. He had the mail lady running after him. He broke his chain once and was running up and down the street with a big long chain and the mail lady is trying to hold him and dragging her up the street," said Jerry's son Trenton Butts.
When Boogie escaped on October 4th, he came back home as a celebrity. "Woke up the next morning, found him, found out he's running a half-marathon. So that was pretty cool. Not many dogs do that," said Trenton. Boogie ran 13-miles, gaining instant fame, an honorary medal, and an advertisement deal. "He was a tired dog after he got home. I mean he went right to sleep for about 8 hours," said Jerry.
A little more than a week after he ran in the half-marathon Boogie's fortune changed. "I just heard this noise. A noise that's etched in my mind forever," said Jerry. "I knew when he was in the car it wasn't good, but it's just instinct to get him to a doctor." Boogie died of a heart attack. His owners say they are devastated, but they know how Boogie died was consistent with how he lived. "He did, he went out on top. He went out with a big bang. He did."
Boogie's owners plan to create a memorial fund in his memory. The fund will benefit the Vanderburgh county humane society.