In West Monroe, Louisiana’s Kiroli Park, Zach Medlin was walking his dog when he discovered something he had never seen before. Between the discarded leaves and pine needles, a little square stone could be seen.
Serena, a Staffordshire terrier with one eye owned by Medlin, was more enthusiastic about pursuing ducks in the surrounding lake. But Medlin discovered the stone because he wanted to look into it.
“The inscription was covered by some pine straw,” Medlin told The Dodo. “So I had to move the pine straw out of the way to read what the grave marker had to say.”
The inscription read: “Buddie, 1928 — 1941. Born a dog / Died a gentleman.”
Medlin wondered what this dog was doing buried in a 160-acre public park all by himself.
The heartfelt letter gave Medlin the impression that Buddie was a wonderful dog who had been cherished by his family all those years ago.
Buddie helped his owners get through the Great Depression, which makes my heart happy to know, added Medlin. All canines have to have cemetery markers.
According to local lore, Buddie the dog served as the Boy Scouts’ mascot when the park served as their summer camp. A youngster was swimming in the lake one day when he began to drown. The other Scouts were able to save the youngster once Buddie discovered him and began barking.
Research appears to refute this belief, nevertheless. Lora Peppers posted on Findagrave.com, “While I was reading media articles outlining the tale, I found a copy of a handwritten message dated October 18, 1993.” It reads, “The dog belonged to Mr. and Mrs. Albert H. Jones, 215 Breard St., Monroe, according to Mrs. Dee Strickland. In 1932, Mrs. Strickland shared a home with the Jones family. The canine was a gorgeous Irish setter. When he passed away, Mr. Jones decided to bury him at Kiroli Park because he usually took him there to run.
Buddie was undoubtedly a very nice youngster, regardless of whether the dog was a hero to a bunch of Boy Scouts or just his family. And the touching monument enables his memory to.