It’s hard to imagine the 2016 legislative session without Lewis, the beloved dog who loved to race down the hall and into the press room to see if someone was there to give him treats.
He ran so fast he would skid on the marble floor when trying to make the turn.
“The dog is going to make somebody fall,” I was admonished over and over again by the Senate sergeants.
Yet, I continued to buy bags of dog treats for the little guy, who won over my heart on the campaign trail in 2014 when I met him at the Gunnison County Democratic picnic.
Lewis died last week of an enlarged heart. He died on his 8th birthday.
Donovan on Sunday sent a letter to her “Capitol friends” informing them of Lewis’ death. Condolences poured in.
“I am so sad to hear of little Lewis’ passing,” lobbyist Benjamin Waters wrote on his Facebook page. “Sen. Kerry Donovan from Vail kept this wonderful little pup in her office and whenever the days became contentious and long during the 2015 legislative session, this little guy made everyone feel better. RIP Lewis.”