'Jimmy' To Carry On The Boston Marathon Legacy

Photo: James Rojas/ WBZ NewsRadio

HOLLISTON, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — As anyone with pets understands, losing them can be devastating, replacing them, impossible.

When Dorrey and Rich Powers of Holliston lost both of their Golden Retrievers Spencer and Penny in a short period of time, it was a huge blow.

Their grief was shared by so many others because both Spencer and Penney had become celebrities through their connection to the Boston Marathon.

Spencer and Penney became a common sight on marathon day enthusiastically greeting runners, giving hugs, and posing for selfies.

Spencer was especially known for proudly holding a ‘Boston Strong’ flag in his mouth along the route as runners streamed by.

Photo: James Rojas/ WBZ NewsRadio

In 2022, Spencer was honored by the Boston Athletic Association, the race’s organizer, as the official dog, the “Grand Barkshal” and a “V.I.P., Very Important Pup.”

Recently, the non-profit group ‘Golden Opportunities for Independence,’ hearing about the Powers’ loss, gifted them a new Golden Retriever puppy named Jimmy.

Rich Powers said that one day he expects to see Jimmy cheering runners on at the marathon, just as Spencer and Penney once did.

"My hope is by next year he'll be holding a flag at the Boston Marathon," Rich said. "He's pretty brave, has a sweet personality, and follows us around like a velcro dog. We like that."

Dorrey Powers says the outpouring of support from the marathon community has meant everything to her and her family following the loss of their beloved dogs.

"People are excited and happy for us which makes us feel good," Dorrey said. "And we're so happy that people are excited about Jimmy."

WBZ’s James Rojas (@JamesRojasNews) reports

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