People Are Leaving Sticks At This 100-Year-Old Dog Grave

People Are Leaving Sticks At This 100-Year-Old Dog Grave

Situated in Green-Wood Cemetery, in Bʀᴏᴏᴋʟʏɴ, there lies a very special ʀᴇsᴛɪɴɢ place. It belongs to Rex, who was the loyal pet of Jon E. Stow, one of the of city’s leading fruit merchants in the 1800s.

While there may be a lot of other people ʙᴜʀɪᴇᴅ here, it’s one particular canine that’s hidden away from the other regular ᴛᴏᴍʙsᴛᴏɴᴇs situated within the grounds that gets the attention.

Rex’s bronze statue quite literally lies atop a stone platform that has his name engraved on it. He sits just in front of his late-owner’s own ʙᴜʀɪᴀʟ sɪᴛᴇ, as he guards Stow’s grave, near the corner of Sycamore and Greenbough Avenues.
For years, people visiting the Green-Wood Cemetery have been leaving sticks on the doggy’s grave to pay their respects.

With the coronavirus pandemic forcing people to find activities where they can maintain proper social distance from others, the 478-acre cemetery has become a popular place for exploration for those who stay in the city. Those who visit, easily spot Rex’s grave due to its prominent location and stop by pay homage to the “good boy” by leaving a stick or two. “When it comes to Rex, he obviously stands out,” said Locke. “People see him from the road — it’s sort of a prominent spot, right off of the intersection of two roads here.”

This is Rex the Doggo’s grave. Everyone brings sticks instead of flowers🐶 Good boy

“It’s right under a tree and there are lots of sticks around,” she explained. “People will drop a stick across his little paws. Someone also left a picture of a dog there once, maybe their little pet who ᴘᴀssᴇᴅ ᴀᴡᴀʏ, as to say, ‘Rex, look after my little one.'” Rex isn’t the only pet to receive love even years after his ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ. The cemetery is also home to several other beloved pets who were ʙᴜʀɪᴇᴅ with their owners before the cemetery’s board of trustees prohibited animal burials in 1879. “There’s another dog sculpture that has a similar mysterious story but it’s a little bit more off the beaten path,” Locke said. “And that one typically has toys left on it.”

Meanwhile, Rex has become quite popular online as well as many shared photos of the sticks visitors had left at his grave. “A loyal companion in life as well as ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ. It’s our moral obligation to be their protectors for the short time they are with us,” wrote Twitter user @cielrace7. “Awwww… This made me tear up..,” commented @toferj_ while @BottomKnocken added: “I really do hope all dogs go to ʜᴇᴀᴠᴇɴ!?! R.I.P. Rex & all who have ʟᴏsᴛ.”

A note in Green-Wood’s files dating to the 19th century refers to the placement of a “bronze likeness of a dog,” but whether Rex is ʙᴜʀɪᴇᴅ next to his owner remains a ᴍʏsᴛᴇʀʏ. “I think people like to believe that there is a dog interred there and there very well might be,” Locke said. “But it’s hard to say.”

Rex’s statue is a sweet reminder that no matter how much time passes, a dog’s love is forever.

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