Some dogs spend their entire lives doing good things for humans. People never forget their dedication even after they pass away. A dog’s grave has recently been found in West Monroe, Louisiana, and it’s the story of Buddie.
When Zach Medlin walks his dog in a park in West Monroe, Louisiana, and he stumbles upon something he has never seen before. There was a small square stone between the fallen leaves and pine needles.
Medlin’s dog, Serena, was much more interested in chasing ducks in the nearby lake than his rock discovery. But Medlin wanted to investigate it, so he uncovered the stone.
“There was a layer of pine straw covering the tombstone,” Medlin told The Dodo, “so I had to move the pine straw out of the way to read what was written there.”
The inscription read: “Buddie, 1928 – 1941. Born a dog / Died a gentleman. Medlin wondered what this dog was doing buried alone in a 160-acre public park.
Medlin could tell from the touching inscription that Buddie was loved by his family all those years ago.
“It warms my heart to know that Buddie carried his owners through the Great Depression,” Medlin said. “All dogs deserve a grave marker.”
The park used to be a summer camp for the Boy Scouts, and that a dog named Buddie was their mascot, according to local legend. A boy started to drown after swimming in the lake. Buddie spotted the boy and started barking, alerting the other Scouts, who were able to save the boy.
However, A different story was explained by another source. Lora Peppers did a research that came up with an opposite finding.
“While I was reading newspaper clippings detailing the legend, I found a copy of a handwritten note dated October 18, 1993,” Lora Peppers wrote on Findagrave.com. “It says the following: ‘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.’”
Buddie was a very good boy regardless of whether the dog was a hero to a group of Boy Scouts or his family. The sweet memorial allows his memory to live on.
Buddie the bear is still resting in Kiroli Park. If you go there one day, don’t forget to visit him!
H/T: The Dodo