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People Are Leaving Sticks At A Cemetery To Pay Tribute To This Dog Who Died 100 Years Ago
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People Are Leaving Sticks At A Cemetery To Pay Tribute To This Dog Who Died 100 Years Ago

Everyone who owns a pet—a rat, a bird, a cat, a dog, or any other kind of creature—knows how truly special the connection between a human and an animal can be. They become your companion, protector, lifesaver, and a full-fledged family member. Because of that, when the sorrowful day inevitably comes and you’re forced to say goodbye to your best friend for the very last time, your heart breaks into million pieces. And there’s nothing you can do about it.

We’re sure that the owners who built their doggy named Rex this beautiful monument 100 years ago knew this feeling quite well.

This unique gravestone in a shape of a dog stands at the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn

Image credits: The Green-Wood Cemetery

The Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn is pretty well-known for being the resting place of many famous artists and musicians, including Leonard Bernstein, Charles Ebbets, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Though there’s one particular grave at this Brooklyn cemetery that stands out more than others, and it’s a 100-year-old grave of a dog named Rex.

Turns out, many people visiting the cemetery have been leaving sticks on this doggy’s grave to pay tribute

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For years, people visiting the Green-Wood Cemetery have been leaving sticks on the doggy’s grave to pay their respects. These past months, his collection of sticks has grown quite notably, since the 478-acre cemetery has become a popular place for people to explore during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, his collection of sticks has grown quite notably

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Image credits: terrawindham

“I think people like to believe that there is a dog interred there and there very well might be. But it’s hard to say,” Stacy Locke, Communications Manager at Green-Wood Cemetery, told My Modern Met. “It’s right under a tree and there are lots of sticks around. People will drop a stick across his little paws. Someone also left a picture of a dog there once, maybe their little pet who passed away, as to say, ‘Rex, look after my little one.'”

“I think people like to believe that there is a dog interred there and there very well might be”

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Image credits: meghanad

Lately, this unique 100-year-old grave gracing the Green-Wood Cemetery has been gaining a lot of attention online. Hundreds of people have been posting photos capturing the statue along with the collection of sticks on various social media platforms, receiving loads of warm and touching comments.

Here’s how people on the internet feel about this touching tradition

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Kathryn Baylis
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1 year ago

I would love to know more about Rex and his life with his family, including the decision to give him such a nice monument when he passed. Disney, are you listening?

R L
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1 year ago (edited)

Not much info, but quite interesting: https://blog.nycpooch.com/2016/03/14/dogs-of-green-wood-cemetery-brooklyns-interred-pets/ https://hatchingcatnyc.com/2015/04/19/fannie-howe-only-a-dog-green-wood-cemetery/

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k1ddkanuck
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1 year ago

I've had many dogs in my life. But the one that sticks out the most is the one my parents got when I was born. Supposedly, we were born on or about the same day. She was a big black lab, named Ricochet (Ricka for short). So named because as a puppy, she literally ate threw the laundry room door and was a literal bull in a china shop. She relaxed a lot when she got older, and lived till we were both 14. At one point, as a toddler, I was crawling to closely to the top of the staircase and she ran up to it, laid down across it so I couldn't fall, put her paw on top of me so I didn't move, and started howling till my parents noticed. She was a very good dog.

Raine Soo
Community Member
1 year ago

Rex was, is, and will always be a good boy. I like to think that he is enjoying all his sticks.

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Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 year ago

I would love to know more about Rex and his life with his family, including the decision to give him such a nice monument when he passed. Disney, are you listening?

R L
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Not much info, but quite interesting: https://blog.nycpooch.com/2016/03/14/dogs-of-green-wood-cemetery-brooklyns-interred-pets/ https://hatchingcatnyc.com/2015/04/19/fannie-howe-only-a-dog-green-wood-cemetery/

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k1ddkanuck
Community Member
1 year ago

I've had many dogs in my life. But the one that sticks out the most is the one my parents got when I was born. Supposedly, we were born on or about the same day. She was a big black lab, named Ricochet (Ricka for short). So named because as a puppy, she literally ate threw the laundry room door and was a literal bull in a china shop. She relaxed a lot when she got older, and lived till we were both 14. At one point, as a toddler, I was crawling to closely to the top of the staircase and she ran up to it, laid down across it so I couldn't fall, put her paw on top of me so I didn't move, and started howling till my parents noticed. She was a very good dog.

Raine Soo
Community Member
1 year ago

Rex was, is, and will always be a good boy. I like to think that he is enjoying all his sticks.

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