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RIP Fitz, the most photographed dog in Mérida

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A spread from “My Days,” Leanna Staines’ passion project to benefit two local animal clinics. Her dog Fitz appears in every photo, and has seen more of Yucatán than most of us.

Just this past June, a 16-year-old terrier named Fitz found late-in-life stardom.

It was later than we’d hoped. Fitz died suddenly Wednesday. The cause of death was not disclosed.

Fitz was the protagonist of a book that gathered photos taken throughout Yucatán over the years. The project, “My Days: Inspiration from a Curious Dog,” was introduced with events at Hennessy’s Irish Pub, Between the Lines bookshop, which is around the time the still-frisky escape artist caused a little drama by going off on his own for a short while. He was found and the book tour continued at the beach.

A spread from “My Days,” Leanna Staines’ passion project to benefit two local animal clinics. Her dog Fitz appears in every photo, and has seen more of Yucatán than most of us.

What made Fitz suitable for his own book, an honor few of us ever see for ourselves? There was just something about his demeanor, his expression, that seemed to communicate an intelligence and insight beyond our own. I know I felt mesmerized by his calming gaze the one time I met the spry dog.

“Following in the footsteps of other great thinkers, writers and curious minds Fitz has made his move to Paris,” said his human companion, Leanna Staines. “A true gentleman, he spared us all a long, sad goodbye. Like the amazing comet he was, he burned bright and was gone. He touched so many of you and I appreciate the funny stories and good memories you’ve all shared.”

Leanna and Russ Staines were grateful that Fitz lived to enjoy a taste of fame.

“We are so happy his book ‘My Days’ was finished this year,” Leanna commented on Facebook. “The sales have made a real difference in the Yucatán spay and neuter work. A rescue himself, Fitz was passionate about that cause and you’ve been right beside him supporting his book. Copies are still available at Between the Lines. Au revoir Fitz…you came into our lives as a fuzzy-faced rascal and left as a legend. Never forgotten, always loved.”

All the revenue from the book goes to No Más Perritos and AFAD for their campaigns to prevent unwanted puppies.

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