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People Are Leaving Stick Gifts On The Monument Of A Dog Who Died 100 Years Ago

It is customary for people to leave flowers on gravestones. But have you heard of leaving sticks on gravestones? As a heartwarming tribute to a 100-year old dog, residents near Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn collect and leave broken branches on the paws of the dog’s monument.

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The dog who is receiving the love of the locals is a wet-nose named Rex who was the pet of a kind fruit merchant, John E. Show, who passed away in 1884. It is no secret that dogs are the most loyal friend a man can have. Even after their death, this duo is still together.

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To this day, Rex rests next to John, near the corner of Sycamore and Greenbough Avenues. Residents built a life-size bronze statue of Rex as a tribute to being the “American Hachiko” right next to his master whom he loved to the core.

The tradition of leaving sticks by the paws of the statue has been going on for years – but there has been a significant increase in recent months. During the pandemic, the cemetery became a popular destination among locals, and Rex’s stick collection increased proportionally to the number of visitors.

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A photo of his gravestone popped up on Twitter and it went viral immediately. The most asked question was why people do this. A Brooklyn resident replied that the sticks are a tribute to an exceptional dog their grandparents tell stories about.

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Moreover, residents who’ve lost their pets leave sticks and asks for a favor in return – to look after their lost pets. It is wonderful that even though so many years have passed, people still entrust their lost pets with Rex. They’re certain Rex will always be a “good boy”.

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