Dog Park bench memorializes Cameron Booth

       On June 19, 2005, Steve and Wendy Booth lost their 16-year-old son Cameron in an off-road motorcycle accident.
       His memory lives on in a dark green metal bench that was recently placed in the small-dog area of the El Paso County Dog Park off 21st Street, courtesy of the West Highland White Terrier Club of Colorado and Westie Rescue of Colorado.
       The two organizations honored Cameron Booth for his “love and dedication to the breed,” according to a written announcement from his parents, who own a dog- grooming business that Wendy runs. He had successfully shown his own dog, Sasha Dior, many times, and worked closely with Westie rescue dogs.
       Dedicated Oct. 20, the bench is identified by a small plaque stating it is in Cameron's memory and listing the two dog groups who donated it.
       The 1 ¾-acre small-dog area, which is open to canines 25 pounds and smaller, is a fenced-off portion of the 20-acre Dog Park. The bench is located in a small grove of trees off the main path through the small-dog area.
       Cameron had grown up on the Westside. A year before he died, he had retired from the show ring to pursue motocross racing full time. “He had been a motorcycle enthusiast and competed half his life,” Wendy said.
       “Please visit our son's bench and say 'hello' and enjoy,” the Booths' announcement states, followed by an expression of gratitude to the Westie organizations: “We are very humbled at this extended kindness from our friends.”

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