Kiroli Park in Louisiana has miles of nature trails, a dog park, tennis courts, playgrounds, and an 80-year-old dog grave.Zach Medlin was enjoying the trails in the park with his dog, Serena, when he spotted something underneath a pile of pine needles.He brushed the leaves and pine needles away and uncovered a gravestone that read: “Buddie 1928 — 1941. Born a dog / Died a gentleman.”
One tale of the dog named Buddie was linked to the summer camp. The legend said a dog named Buddie saved a drowning boy at the camp, but perished in the act.However, research proved that story to be false. The real dog named Buddie that is buried in the park was a beloved family member.
“According to Mrs. Dee Strickland the dog belonged to Mr. and Mrs. Albert H. Jones,” a handwritten note revealed. “The dog was a beautiful Irish Setter. Mr. Jones frequently took him to Kiroli Park to run so when he died he decided to bury him in Kiroli Park.”
The grave is roped off with chains and is located near the amphitheater in the park.
While Buddie may not be the legend the first tale made him out to be, he was definitely a loved dog.