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People Are Paying Tribute With Sticks At The Grave Of A Dog Who Died 100 Years Ago

Brooklyn’s Greenwood Cemetery was established in 1838, and it’s become the final resting place for many notable New Yorkers, like Leonard Bernstein, Rev. Henry Ward Beecher, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Some of the figures there were famous in their time, even if the average person passing through might not have heard of them.

And a lot of people are passing through. My Modern Met reports that with quarantine in New York City, Greenwood Cemetery’s foot traffic increased enormously. The area is set up like a park, with a lot of space and beautiful trees and plants. It’s easy to socially distance and get some fresh air. With more people coming through, there has been a renewed interest in a specific grave, a small one for a dog named Rex.

Rex was the dog of John E. Stow, who died in 1884. he was a famous fruit merchant, which was a thing someone could be in that era. Records from the time mention Re’s headstone next to his master, but no one is entirely certain that a real dog is actually buried there. Stacy Locke, Communications Manager at Green-Wood Cemetery, told The Dodo, “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.”

Right now, people passing by are definitely treating Rex’s bronze statue like it’s a real grave and they pausing to offer him the sweetest tribute: sticks.

What more could a dog want?

Perhaps more sticks than Rex could play with, even in heaven:

The cemetery officials are happy to direct you to Rex’s spot if you’re in the area, but it’s on Lot 2925, Section 81.

“It’s right under a tree and there are lots of sticks around,” Locke says. “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.'”

A dog’s work is never done.

Alison Sullivan

Written by Alison Sullivan