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Buddie, the Gentleman Dog

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.

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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.

Well, whether Buddie was a life-saving Boy Scouts mascot, or simply a beloved family pet, we think he was pretty special either way.

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 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?

In my opinion, it does not really matter whether the Gentleman Dog was a well-loved member of a family or a mascot for the Boy SCouts who saved a drowning boy. He was a very special r in my mind regardless of those details.

What do you think?

Rest peacefully, Buddie, the Gentleman Dog!

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As Wife, Mother of 5, and Nana of many more, I have known and loved many dogs who were treasured members of our family. My education, experiences in showing, breeding, and developing pedigree-based breeding programs for others gives me a strong background upon which to base articles of interest to most dog lovers. However, it is my great love for dogs that gives me the passion to share them with other dog lovers.


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