In Memory of Jake 2000-2012

A recent Friday at 12:50 p.m.: (original post Sept. 4, 2012)

When Jake's master first took him to work 11 years ago, it took a month for the young English bulldog to build up enough courage to walk past the scissors-wielding stylists at Bladerunners hair studio. "Now he can't wait to get out on the front mat and wait for people to come by," said salon owner David Wilson of his dog, whom some call the Mayor of Haight Street. Inside, it's business as usual, but when Jake assumes his gargoyle-like position outside, he amazes nearly everyone who walks by. Tourists stop to flash cameras and smiles every few seconds. Usual suspects rub the secret spot at the back of his neck. He usually moves only his head or barely protruding tongue. Some wonder if he's real or too good to be true. "If I don't take him to work, people ask me, 'Where is he?' " said Wilson, who started tweeting last week on behalf of his "fur child" - @jakeinthehaight. When Jake needs a break from his job, he wanders into the shop to nuzzle at the feet of regular customers waiting for a cut or color. "He gets a lot of love. That's his paycheck," Wilson said.

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