Brownie the Town Dog of Daytona Beach

You hear a lot about the famous attractions of Daytona Beach, like the Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Bandshell, Daytona golfing and the famous beach itself.

But there’s a little piece of Daytona Beach history you may not know: it’s the story of the beloved dog Brownie, a dog that “belonged not to anybody, but to everybody.”

Writer/speaker Kate Kelly shares the life and times of Brownie, the town dog that became everyone’s beloved pet between 1940-1954, on her website America Comes Alive. We thought past and future visitors to Sea Shells Beach Club would enjoy his story.

  • Brownie (a brown mutt with a white chin) wandered onto the scene in central Daytona in 1940.

  • After the owner of the Daytona Cab Company shared part of his lunch with Brownie, the dog decided the cab company would be his headquarters.

  • Brownie liked to wander several blocks along Orange Avenue and Beach Street.

  • Brownie got to know his new neighbors and let them know he was always available to help with anything they weren’t going to eat.

  • Brownie was hit by a car in 1947, but the town rallied to help cover his vet bills and he recovered nicely.

  • In fact, there was enough money left over to create a bank account for Brownie at the Florida Bank  and Trust Company. The money helped fund vet bills and dog food for years to come.

  • One local said “He was nobody’s dog but he was everybody’s dog.”

  • Visitors to Daytona send Brownie Christmas cards and packages, so a postcard from Brownie was created to send back to his admirers. These were also sold to tourists, adding a little additional cash to Brownie’s bank account.

    Elsie the Cow was the highly recognizable face of Borden dairy products for decades.
  • Brownie met Elsie the Cow when the Bordens came to vacation in Florida in 1950.

  • Brownie died around the age of 15 in 1954, and was buried in Riverfront Park. You can still visit his grave.

Brownie may have gone over the rainbow bridge, but his legacy lives on. Not only can you visit his grave, you can check out Brownie’s Dog Boutique, which opened in 2016. Founders Eddie James and Alvin Almodovar not only sell practical supplies like leashes, collars, dog treats, and canine-themed crafts, they are committed to keeping Brownie alive in the hearts of Daytonians.

Eddie and Alvin are building a website commemorating the beloved dog, the keep his grave tidy, and are trying to raise funds to commission a Brownie statue.

We hope you enjoyed a slice of Daytona Beach history!

Read the original article at America Comes Alive.

Victoria Hoffman

A native of New Jersey, Victoria isn't entirely sure how she ended up in Kansas City, but has enjoyed writing, editing, creating, communicating and marketing for high-profile accounts throughout the city ever since. In her spare time, Victoria is an actor (and active) with local community and city theatre.

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