Our latest road trip found us in an unusual spot near a small town in Alabama where we were able to visit the Key Underwood Coon Hound Memorial Graveyard on a beautiful June day.
For Five On Friday over at Love Made My Home, here is five things I learned about this cemetery.
Two: Only authentic coon hounds are allowed burial in the cemetery. To qualify, a dog has to be an authentic coon hound, of which there are six types. The owner, one other person who personally knows the dog, and an official from the Friends of the Coon Hound Memorial Graveyard all have to certify the dog as an authentic coon hound before approval for burial is granted.
Three: Owners of this breed of dog dearly love their hounds. Some of the grave markers have comical names or short statements about the dogs on them. A few of the hounds are noted as being registered champions of their breed. There are 185 coon hounds buried in the cemetery so far.
If you have a chance to visit, plan to stay a while. There's a lot to read and the setting is beautiful.
Here's my friend Dot from North Carolina...apparently she was enjoying the grave she was reading!
Wild Bill and I were traveling near Memphis Tennessee, headed south, on our way to drive through northern Alabama when I decided to text an old friend from my work days. Dot and I hadn't seen each other in 15 years, and we only talk on the phone about once a year.
Dot lives in North Carolina, and she and her husband travel the country in their RV a lot of the time. I asked her in my text if she was currently out traveling, and she responded they were currently in northern Alabama! We had no previous idea that Dot and her husband Dave were having their RV serviced in Red Bay Alabama, which is in the northwest part of the state, until the moment I texted her. We drove right down and spent the next day with them.
Old Troop was 15 years old, born in 1922 and died on September 4, 1937. His owner buried him on Labor Day that year, at what once was their favorite hunting site. Every year on Labor Day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., a celebration is held in the graveyard. Bragging contests are held along with memorials to the hounds.
Regarding the piles of coins on the graves, it appears no one touches them even though this rural cemetery is unguarded and in the middle of nowhere.
Five: In the movie Sweet Home Alabama, the movie couple's coon hound Bear is shown to be buried in this cemetery. The film's creators used special effects to make it look like the cemetery is located next to their cabin.
You can read about the coon hound cemetery here and you can read about how the film makers incorporated the cemetery and the coon hounds into the movie here.
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