Zach Medlin was recently walking his dog, Serena, when they came across something they had never noticed on any of their previous walks.There was a little square stone peering through the pine needles and leaves in Kiroli Park in West Monroe, Louisiana.
Serena was having a good time chasing ducks by a nearby lake, but Zach decided to investigate the stone.”Some pine straw had covered the inscription,” he explained.”As a result, I had to move the pine straw out of the way to read what the grave marker said.”
The inscription on the stone read: “Buddie lived from 1928 to 1941.
Born a hound / Died a gentleman”Zach could tell from this touching inscription that Buddie had been a good boy who was adored by his family.”It warms my heart to know Buddie got his owners through the Great Depression,” he said.”Every dog deserves a grave marker,” Zach stated.
Zach was moved, but he was perplexed as to why Buddie had been buried alone in a public park.According to legend, the park was once used for a Boy Scouts summer camp, and Buddie served as the group’s mascot.According to locals, one day, a boy began to drown in the lake, and Buddie saved him by alerting the other Scouts.
However, research indicates the opposite.”While reading newspaper clippings about the legend, I came across a copy of a handwritten note dated October 18, 1993,” Lora Peppers wrote on Findagrave.com.According to Mrs. Dee Strickland, the dog belonged to Mr. and Mrs. Albert H. Jones, 215 Breard St., Monroe,’ it says.In 1932, Mrs. Strickland lived with the Jones family.The dog was a lovely Irish setter.Mr. Jones used to take him to Kiroli Park to run, so when he died, he decided to bury him there.’ “..
We think Buddie was pretty special, whether he was a life-saving Boy Scouts mascot or just a beloved family pet.
Buddie, please rest in peace!