April 23, 2021

To Pay Tribute To A Dog That Died 100 Years Ago, People Are Leaving Sticks To His Grave

100 years later, Rex remains a good boy ❤️

‘He is still a good boy.’

Rex the dog died over 100 years ago but people still want to pay tribute to this dedicated canine. When he was alive, he was the faithful companion of leading fruit merchant John E. Stow.

After years of spending time together, there are dog-shaped sculptures overlooking John’s tomb in Brooklyn, New York.

And visitors to the Green-Wood Cemetery decided to leave a stick for Rex on his feet just above the place where his name was engraved.

The staff is not 100% sure if Rex was actually buried there or if the sculpture was just placed beside John.

Some people found Rex and posted it on social media.

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

Image credits: The Green-Wood Cemetery

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

Image credits: KevinTMorales

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

Image credits: terrawindham

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”

Image credits: meghanad

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