Monday, September 1, 2008

Coon Dog Cemetery Remembers Fallen Hunters

TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Fallen coon dogs will be remembered this Labor Day (Sep. 1) in Tuscumbia, Alabama.

For 70 years, the town’s coon dog cemetery has been celebrating the lives of the deceased hunting dogs.

Spokesperson Ninon Parker says Labor Day is the time to honor the legacies of more than 200 coon dogs who are buried at the cemetery and decorate their graves.

The graveyard was started in 1937 when a man named Key Underwood marked his coon dog Troop’s grave with a rock that had his name and date of death on it, and other hunters followed suit.

Now, coon dogs from all over the nation are buried there and Parker says there’s only one rule: No mixed breeds allowed.

To make sure the dead doggie is a full-blooded coon, not only does an owner have to have proof, but a certified member of the Tennessee Vallen Coon Hunters’ Association must examine the body to verify it’s one of the six varieties of the breed.

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