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

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

In Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York, lies a very special resting place. It belongs to a dog named Rex, who was the beloved pet of Jon E. Stow, one of the city's leading fruit merchants in the 1800s.

Visitors to Green-Wood Cemetery have noticed that this grave site is unlike any other in the cemetery, and not just because it's for a canine. People have been leaving sticks by the large bronze tombstone where the dog's name is engraved in large letters.

Jon E. Stow, Rex's owner, is buried close by (Credit: KevinTMorales/Twitter)
Jon E. Stow, Rex's owner, is buried close by (Credit: KevinTMorales/Twitter)

Perhaps it's a way to pay tribute to Rex, or a very one-sided game of fetch, but people have piled up sticks and other treats on top of the statue's paws.

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Rex, who has been now been immortalised by the touching tribute, guards his late-owner's gravesite, which is near the corner of Sycamore and Greenbough Avenues.

Rex has been guarding his owner at this part of the cemetery for over 100 years - well, they do say dogs are man's best friend - and leaving sticks seems to be people's way of treating the dog for his lifelong commitment to his owner.

A Twitter user posted pictures of Rex's tombstone adorned with a bunch of sticks and said: "People have laid sticks on the grave of this good boy."

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Another person also tweeted a picture showing Rex's paws covered by dozens of sticks, with the rather empty cemetery partially seen the background. "In Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn there is a gravestone for a dog named Rex," he explains. "People bring him sticks and place them at his feet because he is still a good boy."

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Not only is Rex a dedicated pet he also seems to be quite the model. Another person visited the cemetery and took pictures of Rex - doing his signature statuesque pose of course - with the caption: "I took a walk in Greenwood Cemetery today and [look] at all the sticks piled up for the goodest boy Rex" with lots of crying emojis.


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Similarly, another user said: "There's a grave in Green-Wood Cemetery with a sculpture of a dog and the inscription REX and it had a pile of sticks on it when I saw it yesterday and I just thought that was really nice. SORRY FOR MY SINCERITY."

Jon E. Stow, Rex's owner, is buried close by (Credit: terrawindham/Twitter)
Jon E. Stow, Rex's owner, is buried close by (Credit: terrawindham/Twitter)

Stacy Locke, who is the communications manager for Green-Wood Cemetery, told The Dodo: "When it comes to Rex, he obviously stands out." She went on to describe how excited visitors are too see him, "People see him from the road - it's sort of a prominent spot, right off of the intersection of two roads here."

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Featured Image Credit: terrawindham/Twitter

Topics: Pets, Real Life, Dogs

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Gregory Robinson

Gregory is a journalist working for Tyla. After graduating with a master's degree in journalism, he has worked for both print and online publications and is particularly interested in TV, (pop) music and lifestyle. He loves Madonna, teen dramas from the 90s and prefers tea over coffee. Get in touch [email protected]