GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – After bringing years of joy to residents across West Michigan, we are saying goodbye to Ralphie Frank.
Ralphie, the skateboarding dog, was always seen around town with his dad, FOX 17 Anchor Christian Frank, and mom, Jamie.
He was a staple in West Michigan parades, such as the Santa Parade, Tulip Time and many others. He was also seen at local events and fundraisers including the Paws, Claws and Corks Fundraiser and the Blocktail Party.
The Franks say Ralphie passed away early Monday morning.
Here is Christian's Facebook message from Monday: "...it breaks our hearts to report the passing of Ralphie Frank early this morning. He developed a brain tumor that was giving him intermittent seizures and trouble breathing. I was able to take him on his final skateboard ride one week ago today, which he really enjoyed. His 9-years of parades, fundraisers and riding around downtown earned him many fans. His little buddy Hank has promised to continue the work of bringing smiles to the faces of people in West Michigan."