Rosebud, the English bulldog who gained a following during the years that she traversed William Land Park with her late master, Jack Peyton, was in the spotlight again Thursday as a bench was dedicated to the popular duo.
About 30 friends and family members, as well as several dogs, attended the event. Friends, working with the Land Park Volunteer Corps, launched a fundraising drive for the memorial bench shortly after Peyton’s death Dec. 26, a little more than a month after he was diagnosed with cancer. He was 70 years old.
The wrought iron bench is now in place near Doc Oliver Field. A plaque, donated by Peyton’s family, states that the bench is dedicated to Jack Peyton, his beloved bulldog, Rosebud, and all his Land Park friends.
Peyton and Rosebud spent hours walking around the park each day. Rosebud is a people magnet, and Peyton invited anyone who wanted to pet her to give her a dog treat, handing them one from a bag of biscuits he carried with him.
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Gabriel Lopez, who frequently accompanied Peyton and Rosebud on a portion of their walk, said they would stop for a while and rest on benches throughout the park. Whenever Rosebud wanted a break, she made a beeline for a bench.
Peyton was a graduate of C.K McClatchy High School and Sacramento City College and an Army veteran who served during the Vietnam War. He worked 30 years for the state of California, employed most of that time in administration with the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
After his death, Rosebud went to live with Peyton’s sister Janet Whitham and her family in Kansas. She traveled back to California for the bench dedication.