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Baylor Has Gone To Heaven: Golden Retriever Who Joined Stowe Hikers Dies at 12

Baylor Has Gone To Heaven: Golden Retriever Who Joined Stowe Hikers Dies at 12

A golden retriever named Baylor, one of a pair known to roam the Stowe Pinnacle Trail as unofficial hiking guides, has died.

Famous “Pinnacle dogs”, Baylor and Sampson, was local legends and after one of them died, many left heartbroken.

Owner Perry Schafer, whose family lives near the trail, confirmed the death in a Facebook post.

Hikers on the trail knew Sampson and Baylor and frequently took photos of them, especially while lounging at the trail’s summit.

Austin Davis, a resident of Winooski, said he was hiking the trail Saturday with a group when they came across one of the dogs, instead of the usual two. Davis said Sampson joined them on the way to the top, calling the dogs “local legends,” but wondered why the second golden didn’t appear.

“They say all dogs go to heaven, however, I am not sure heaven can offer anything more to Baylor than he already had in Stowe,” Davis wrote in an email.