Business mascot leaves behind legacy

Casey Lewis poses with Cornbread in front of the Bird Dog Capital mural on 6th Street.

Casey Lewis poses with Cornbread in front of the Bird Dog Capital mural on 6th Street.

A posh pointer left behind a legacy of love and loyalty for her owner.

Casey Lewis was 19 years old when she adopted a German shorthair pointer puppy and named her Cornbread. She took the dog with her while she attended college at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton. Lewis lived alone off-campus and she originally obtained the dog for companionship reasons. Often the canine attended classes with Lewis and once tagged along during a field trip. However, Lewis soon learned that with pet ownership came responsibility.

“I didn’t really understand what it meant to have something to be responsible for,” Lewis said. “I was a 19-year-old kid and I thought she would do fun things with me.”

Lewis also learned that relationships were a two-way street. Cornbread taught Lewis about love, compassion and loyalty. Lewis and Cornbread maintained a close relationship even after Lewis married and became a mother of two children. Eight years ago, Cornbread gave birth to 11 puppies. Lewis kept one.

“Cornbread really taught me how to love others,” Lewis said.

Cornbread was more than a pet; she was a sense of direction and an inspiration to Lewis. In 2009, she moved to Sylvania. In 2015, she decided to open a business in the bird dog capital of the world.

“For me, the love that I had for my German shorthair was so great that I was automatically drawn and liked Waynesboro because of the title,” she said.

The Posh Pointer boutique on N. Liberty Street was named after the beloved pet. Cornbread became a mascot for the business. She is depicted on the store’s advertisements and has modeled in the past.

Recently, Cornbread went through multiple surgeries for tumors and a uterine infection. Last week, she began experiencing difficulty breathing and went into heart failure. Nearing the end of her life, Cornbread enjoyed her last moments at the boutique that honors her. She died peacefully at home at the age of 14.

“We are really going to miss our mascot and the reason that we came to Waynesboro,” Lewis said.

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