Tennis Straff always perked up when his owners, Larry and Roberta Straff, took him through the Longboat Key Bank of America drive-thru. Even in recent months, when he began to show his age, he still perked up at the bank window in expectation of getting a bone.
Tennis, 18, of Longboat Key, died Friday, Oct. 2. He was born Dec. 25, 1990. In almost 19 years, Tennis never missed a day of work at TRL Enterprises in Avenue of the Flowers. Tennis was a well-known figure on the Key and enjoyed watching tennis games at the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center, strolling in Publix carts and greeting people with licks and kisses.
“He was a low-maintenance dog,” Roberta Straff said. “He just really wanted to hang out with you.”
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19 Longboat Key Fine Art Festival
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19 Mote's Party on the Pass
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PHOTO GALLERY: Sand Cay Easter Egg Hunt
Residents and visitors enjoyed the 40th annual Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, April 18, at Sand Cay Beach Resort. Along with the hunt, attendees participated in a hula-hoop contest and many more Easter activities before eating lunch by the Gulf.
Commission to hear from community at workshop
The Longboat Key Town Commission’s annual goals and objectives workshop takes place at 10 a.m. Monday.
WEEKEND BEST BET: Longboat Key Easter Egg Hunts
Get your baskets ready because Longboat Key welcomes the Easter Bunny and his special eggs to the island this weekend. The fun begins at Mar Vista’s 26th annual Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 19, and continues at Moore’s Stone Crab Restaurant from 1:30 to 3 p.m on Sunday, April 20.