No concept feels as timeless as humans’ love for their dogs. They are members of the family, so we tend to apply many of our human traditions to them: birthday celebrations, Halloween costumes, and finally funerals or memorials.
In many cultures, traditional burial rites involve the offering of a stele in honor of the deceased. So naturally, people often remember their lost pets in the same way. That doesn’t seem to have changed much in the past 80 years, as a recent find at a local park suggests.
Zach Medlin walking his dog, Serena, in Kiroli Park in West Monroe, Louisiana, when he noticed something a little hidden. Upon closer inspection, Medlin found that it an engraved stone marker. This piqued his interest, Medlin told The Dodo.
“The inscription is covered with some pine straw. So I had to move the cannula out of the way to read what the grave marker had to say.”
When he opened the entire slab, he saw the words: “Buddie, 1928 – 1942. Born a dog, died a gentleman”. In the middle of this 150-acre park, there is a stele for a good boy who died 80 years ago.
Medlin paused to wonder about Buddie and his loved ones and bury him properly. He felt emotional.
“It’s heartwarming to know that Buddie carried his owners through the Great Recession. All dogs deserve a grave marker.”
Of course, it’s all a beautiful reminder of the strong bond between humans and their dogs, no matter how brief their time together. Buddie has lived for 13 years, and apparently, he has lived a full life.
Medlin shared a photo Buddie’s resting place to the popular Facebook group “Dogspotting”, and of course it resonated with many. The post now has more than 58,000 likes and 1,300 shares.
Who is your best friend “Gentlemen?”
So: Who is Buddie? A local legend says that Buddie was the doggie mascot for a scout camp in the area. Other research shows that he was an Irish settler and a beloved family pet, who regularly strolled in the park where he was buried. To be fair, even years ago, Buddie was a pretty common name chosen for a dog.
Whatever the history of “gentleman” Buddie, one thing is for sure known: someone really cares about him. His memory lives on thanks to this subtle but permanent dedication in the park.
As poignantly speaking as one Facebook commenter did: “I love Buddy. Now I’m going to go hug my dog”.