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Dog lovers are shocked by what they find during visit to local cemetery

Bronze dog statue dog-wow
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Pooch lovers have found the perfect way to honour a very special dog. His name was Rex, and people are leaving sticks by his bronze statue that's over 100 years old.

By Ashley Murphy

Published on the 25/03/2021, 21:00

Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York, is the last resting place for many of the USA's most famous artists, sports stars, and politicians. But there's one memorial that gets more attention than all the famous names put together.

It's a bronze statue of a dog called Rex, and it's been standing guard over his human's grave for over a century! That man was John E. Stow, one of New York's biggest fruit merchants in the city's early days.

Rex still gets his rewards

Stow passed away in 1884, and his last will included a request for a "bronze likeness" of Rex next to his grave. It's unclear if Rex was buried alongside his owner or if the stature is there to keep his former owner company. 

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Either way, it's now the most popular memorial in the cemetery. Every day people come and pay their respects to this patient and loyal dog.

And Rex still gets his treats. We don't know who started it, but people are now leaving sticks at Rex's paws. And he's built up a pretty impressive collection. 

A dog's love lasts forever

Stacy Locke is the communications manager for Green-Wood Cemetery. Speaking to The Dodo, she said: 

"Rex obviously stands out. He's right under a tree, and there are lots of sticks around. People will drop one across his little paws. Someone also left a picture of a dog there once. It was their little pet who passed away, I think. Maybe they wanted Rex to take care of it."

Rex is more proof that the bond between humans and dogs will last forever.