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Inverness traders at Victorian Market mourn passing of busker's much-loved dog


By Ian Duncan


John Casey busking in the Victorian Market, Inverness, with his faithful companion Emily.
John Casey busking in the Victorian Market, Inverness, with his faithful companion Emily.

The Victorian Market has shared news on its Facebook page that Emily the Dalmatian has died following a short illness.

There was a short message from Mr Casey himself who said: "My beloved Dalmatian Emily died early this morning after a sudden illness. She was 11 and a half years old and we were together since she was eight weeks old.

"The years I spent with her have all been wonderful. She was a true friend to me and I feel that I was the luckiest guy in the world to share her life with her. I want to thank all the people who have shown both Emily and myself such extraordinary kindness throughout the years. Thank you.

"I miss, and will miss, her more than words can say.

Mr Casey has been busking at the market six days a week for 27 years.

While he sings hits from the 1960s and 1970s Emily either snoozed at his feet, in her fluffy teddy-filled dog basket, or snacked on carrot and cucumber slices – after a pancreatitis diagnosis forced a biscuit ban.

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