- Associated Press - Sunday, August 10, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) - On a recent Saturday afternoon, Adams Morgan residents Tiffany Bacon and Peter Scourby open the living-room window of their first-floor Calvert Street condo.

Passers-by point at the window on the cream-colored row house. Several take out their phones and snap pictures; others yell.

“Hey, Romo!”

“What’s up, Romo?”

Romo doesn’t even lift his head in response to the greetings; he’s accustomed to the fame. His wrinkled white face, droopy eyes and slight frown seem to say, “Over it.”

The District of Columbia has been home to a number of celebrities - Justin Theroux, Goldie Hawn and Samuel L. Jackson, to name a few - but none are adored quite like Romo, a 150- pound bull mastiff/pit bull mix.

“When the window’s open, all you see are flashes,” says Bacon, Romo’s owner and mom.

Bacon isn’t exactly sure how Romo became so famous. She says she was cleaning the apartment one morning when the 7-year-old pup was younger. She opened the window, and Romo wasted no time.

“And then all of a sudden, I looked over and he was hanging out the window,” Bacon says.

She quickly ran over to shut it, thinking he would jump out. Then she noticed every time she walked into the house, Romo would be perched right by the glass - waiting for someone to open it. Cracking the window was not good enough, either. When Bacon would raise the window slightly, Romo would get his nose under the ledge and nudge it until it opened all the way.

“He demanded the window to be open,” Bacon says.

Bacon and Scourby don’t fight the demand anymore.

“At 5:30 (a.m.), we’ll open (the window) up, and he’ll be out there, ready, just waiting for the buses. When we’re home, it’s open,” says Scourby, who admits their heating and air conditioning bills are “out of control.”

“But he’s so sad when it’s closed.”

Come October, the window will be closed for good. Romo and his owners are moving.

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