Locally Known Boston Terrier Passes Away

Well-known to folks at Westwood's Islington Station, Endicott the Mighty's memory is being kept alive by his owners, who are seeking donations to animal hospital.

The following was submitted by Dan Petitpas:


Endicott the Mighty, a Boston terrier that was known to thousands of South Station and commuter rail passengers, died Tuesday, August 21st after a short illness. He was 11 years old.

Endicott traveled to work every day on the train with Susan Gellerman and Dan Petitpas, a married couple, who own a transcription business in downtown Boston. When commuters saw him strutting down a platform, they knew which track the Franklin/Forge Park commuter train was boarding on.

He was also unusually large for a Boston terrier, a fact that cast doubt on his American Kennel Club registration. A DNA test proved he was a full Boston terrier but from a split litter of two Boston terrier males, the intended beau and an interloper staying at the breeders’.

Life was not easy for Endicott. On News Years’ Day 2002 he was diagnosed with juvenile epilepsy after suffering seven seizures overnight. Dr. Allen Sissen, staff neurologist at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, worked out a regime that kept the seizures to a minimum throughout his life.

Endicott started riding the commuter rail when he was just eight weeks old, The train was second nature to him. Commuters looking up would see Endicott’s head along with those of other commuters as he sat straight up on a briefcase on his owner’s lap.

Endicott’s illness was short. He had been feeling tired and sluggish for about 10 days when he was taken to the animal hospital. An examination determined be had cancer involving nearly his entire liver and pancreas. During an operation, the tumor was found to be quite extensive, involving other organs. Without hope of recovery, and to spare him further pain, the decision was made to euthanize him on the operating table

Donations in Endicott’s name came be made to Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, 350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130.

Donald Fisher August 29, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Endicott was a great dog, and is missed by my wife and I. Marie used to walk with Endicott nightly (along with his owner) and doesn't go by one of his favorite spots without thinking of him. His owners gave him a good, caring life. ~ Don Fisher
Diane Finn August 29, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Endicott was a fixture around Islington and on the commuter rail to Boston. He was a wonderful dog who enjoyed the treats that his fans would give him on the ride to Boston. In all the years I've know Endicott I don't think I ever heard him bark or growl! He will be missed! RIP Endicott


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