Romo is a dog who got famous by hanging his big, lumbering body out the window of his home in Washington, D.C., and watching the goings on, all day long. How could you not love this?
Oh man, that sign.
Of course, people who hit the jackpot in life and get to live near Romo in Adams Morgan have made it a priority to often walk by and say hello. They take pictures and yell to him and call him the “The King of Adams Morgan,” because he fits the job description. He just sits there and gazes out, big, impassive. A large dog.
Madeline Billhimer, a dog walker who has put Romo’s window on her route, tells WTOP, “He’s always in the window, looking. He doesn’t bark; he doesn’t do anything — even if my dogs react.”
When pressed, Billhimer admits that, yes, she’s always wanted to walk Romo.
As for how Romo figured out what he wanted to do in life, that happened years ago, according to his owners, Tiffany Bacon and Peter Scourby. One day Bacon was cleaning the apartment, opened up the window, and boom. A king was crowned.
“All of a sudden, I looked over and he was hanging out the window,” Bacon says.
She quickly closed it, but Romo had made up his mind to rule. In the time that followed, he was at the window all the time, “perched at the glass.”
“He demanded the window to be open,” Bacon tells WTOP.
If it was cracked, he nosed it all the way open. Finally, Bacon gave in and allowed His Lordship to take his rightful seat.
“At 5:30 a.m., we’ll open [the window] up, and he’ll be out there, ready, just waiting for the buses,” says Scourby. “When we’re home, it’s open.”
Quickly, his fame grew, and by all accounts he was benevolent ruler.
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