Canadian's "Aud-ist" resident travels the world
Canadian, Texas —
Canadian’s “Aud-ist” resident is already famous in the Texas Panhandle. Now she is on her way to becoming a worldwide legend.
Aud the Dinosaur does not have the typical look of most Canadian folks, but she possibly the most well-known resident.
“I think we were all a little surprised or maybe in awe,” said Jackie McPherson of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce when she first saw Aud.
Aud became part of the Canadian family in 1992, the creation of Bobby Gene Cockrell, known locally as "Pig." She is named after his wife, Audrey, who he married in 1951.
“It’s really a lot bigger than it looks. If you go up there, you’ll be amazed at how big it is,” said Charlie Mann who helped repair Aud recently.
Aud serves as Canadian’s official greeter for locals and visitors. "Pig" created her with a specific mission in mind:
“He wanted little kids on the highway to know when they were almost home,” said Mann. “You can’t miss her. Everyone who drives by, it’s the only huge green dinosaur you see from the highway.”
Aud was in need of repairs in 2015. The Canadian community came together to make sure she maintained her unique look. Two thousand dollars was raised to patch holes and give her a makeover. Her skin was painted Sinclair green, the same color as the Sinclair gas stations, at the request of her namesake.
“It was an overwhelming response,” said Mann of the money raised to repair Aud. “We even had to put out some ‘we have the money that we need’ conversations with more people who wanted to give.”
Aud, with her new look, is now on an Aud Adventure. It’s an Aud-ssey to travel the world. Not the one ton, 50-foot-long concrete and steel version of her that sits on the mesa seven miles south of Canadian, but the smaller, plush version the Canadian Chamber of Commerce had made along with tee-shirts and mugs.
“We know she is a world traveler,” said McPherson. “She went to Japan. She has been to Germany.”
If you’re looking for your own, smaller Aud, you can find them at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce or on its website.
Plus, show your Aud on her adventures with #AudAdventure.