Last weekend, the Citizens of Bernalwood were aflutter about a most uncommon sight found in the upper reaches of Folsom on the north side of Bernal Hill: Three cartoon-mascot dog heads, yarn-bombed inside three colorful, hand-knit cozies.
The spectacle was such that it begged an obvious question: Whaaaaaaaaat?
Happily, this one is easy to answer. The dogs themselves are relics from the Bay Area’s late, lamented Doggie Diner restaurant chain. The three on the trailer are under the custodianship of a local literatus (and friend of Bernalwood), and they regularly show up at quirky events around town. Rule of thumb: Where the dogs appear, fun is near.
As we reported earlier this month, Bernal was once home to our very own Doggie Diner, on the corner of Mission and Army (Cesar Chavez), until it closed in the early 1980s. Bernal’s Doggie Diner head would have looked exactly like the ones you see on the back of this trailer.
Except for the yard-bombing, of course. The cozies are a recent addition, and they were created by Olek, a NYC-based yarn artist:
We’re excited to report that yarn artist Olek has crocheted over the Holy Trinity of the Dogminican Order, the three vintage Doggie Diner heads that are under the care of Laughing Squid partner John Law. John reports, “Olek wanted to work with a San Francisco icon. The Golden Gate Bridge wasn’t available this trip (the girl is AMBITIOUS so who knows…) but the second most iconic SF landmark(s) was!”
So why were the doggie heads weekending in Bernal? Who knows? Who cares? Just like Bigfoot or the Bikini Jogger, it’s best not to ask why. Instead, simply marvel and appreciate that the universe has seen fit to grace us with their curious presence.
PHOTO Neighbor Lisa Morehouse