Office of the Governor Announces Death of Alabama First Dog Bear

Office of the Governor Announces Death of Alabama First Dog Bear
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey poses for a photo with Wayne and Elaine Ray in her state Capitol office on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Montgomery, Ala. They brought their friends Ken and Linda Gosnell, British citizens currently living in Johannesburg, South Africa, to Montgomery to meet Gov. Ivey and to visit historic sites. (Governor's Office, Jamie Martin)

MONTGOMERY — The Office of the Governor is sad to announce the death of Bear, Governor Kay Ivey’s beloved dog, who passed away this afternoon from ongoing health issues.
Bear, a 14-year old Chow mix, was adopted by Governor Ivey in 2005 from a local vet after he was hit by a car.
Bear was beloved by the entire Governor’s Staff and especially those who work at the Governor’s Mansion. School children would many times get a glimpse of Bear during tours of the home. He brought a bright spirit to the mansion.
Bear also recently appeared in a commercial with Governor Ivey prior to the 2018 general election.
Governor Ivey would like to thank all the employees at Montgomery Veterinary Associates who gave Bear excellent care and comfort in his final days. She asks that if you want to honor Bear, please volunteer or donate to your local humane society.