Chaco Mayer, September 2000-June 6, 2011
Chaco Mayer, river queen, was put to sleep on Monday, June 6, 2011. A Scott County native, at the age of four months Chaco adopted a pair of recent Kentucky transplants during a snowy MLK weekend in 2001 and lived the rest of her life in Lexington. From her first March 2001 river trip on the Flint River in Georgia, when she was placed aboard a beat-up 17 foot Coleman canoe and floated through a dirt parking lot to escape a sudden spring flood, Chaco remained an avid river dog. From her spot in front of the captain’s seat, she floated rivers in Georgia (Flint, Chattooga), Tennessee (Big South Fork), Arkansas (Buffalo), and Kentucky (Rockcastle, Red, Green, Elkhorn, Kentucky, Dix, and Hickman). She is survived by her adopted parents, Julie and Danny, adopted brother, Hartford, newborn adopted sister, Josie, and a great mix of human, squirrel, rabbit and canine friends. She will be missed.
Dewburger, Date unknown-June 10, 2011
After a brief unknown affliction, possibly the heart, Dewey Lackey died on June 10, 2011. Found several years back as a scrawny little suburban wild-cat, Dewey resided in the Lacky household for the last years of his life, where he catted around his critter-filled backyard and turned quite plump. The beefed-up Dewey took center stage as Dewburger, leading cat for a series of John Lackey comics that appeared in North of Center from June through September 2009. The strip, titled “Dewburger the Cubist Cat,” featured Lackey’s feline mentor dispensing sage advice and dead animal offerings to the homegrown artist.