Brad Nowell's famous Dalmation "Lou Dog" was named after Brad's grandfather, Louie Nowell. As the unofficial mascot of Sublime, "Lou Dog" was often allowed to wander the stage during live concert performances.
He was included in official band photo's…
Louie was also featured on the cover of Sublime albums…
And he was referred to in the lyrics of many Sublime songs.
"We took this trip to Garden Grove/It smelled like Lou Dog inside the van". – Garden Grove
"Livin' with Louie Dog's the only way to stay sane." - What I Got
"I got a Dalmatian, and I can still get high", as well as "I don't cry when my dog runs away." - What i Got
Me and Louie, run to the party…" – Doin' Time
"Lou Dog" was even at the foot of the bed on May 25th, 1996 when Brad Nowell died in his hotel room from a heroin overdose. Following Nowell's death "Lou Dog" was taken care of by Brad's friend and the co-founder of Skunk Records "Miguel" Happoldt until "Lou Dog's" death from old age on September 17, 2001.
R.I.P. "Lou Dog"
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