Zach Medlin, a Louisiana man and his canine companion, Serena, take frequent walks in a local park. They enjoyed the companionship, exercise and fragrance of the fallen leaves and pine needles covering an 80 year old grave.
While Zach was removing the forest debris and investigating the stone more closely, Serena enjoyed chasing ducks into the nearby lake.
An 80 Year Old Grave Marker
It was a small stone and Zach had to clear the pine straw in order to read the inscription: “Buddie, 1928 – 1941. Born a dog / Died a gentleman.”
Zach automatically knew that Buddy had been a good dog who was greatly loved by his family. “It warms my heart to know that Buddie carried his owners through the Great Depression,”shared Zach. All dogs deserve a grave marker,” he further stated.
Why was the Gentleman Dog buried all alone in a public park?
There is a local legend that tells us that the park was once a summer camp for Boy Scouts. It also tells us that Buddy was a mascot for the Scouts.
The local scuttlebutt has it that a drowning boy was saved when Buddie alerted nearby scouts. However, an old newspaper clipping challenges that story.
Lora Peppers wrote on the Findagrave.com site, “While I was reading newspaper clippings detailing the legend, I found a copy of a handwritten note dated October 18, 1993.”
“It says the fowing: ‘According to Mrs. Dee Strickland, the dog belonged to Mr. and Mrs. Albert H. Jones, 215 Breard St., Monroe. Mrs. Strickland lived with the Jones [family] in 1932. The dog was a beautiful Irish setter. Mr. Jones frequently took him to Kiroli Park to run, so when he died, he decided to bury him in Kiroli Park.’“voice your pinion
Does What Was Written On The 80 Year Old Grave Marker Really Matter?
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Rest peacefully, Buddie, the Gentleman Dog!
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Story Photos Courtesy of Zach Medlin
Goofy Red Irish Setter Photo Courtesy of Welldresseddad.com