My wife, Dekie received a “thank you reward” from using her visa card and decided to use it for a September birthday trip for me. More specifically, she decided to use it for a room in a fancy hotel in Florence, Alabama. We enjoy adventuresome road trips together, and I am always happy when the lady takes me across a state line. Dekie researched the area and decided that we should visit the Helen Keller birth place and a home that had been designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. After a little more research she found out that it would only be a hell of a lot more trouble to go to Cherokee, Alabama and visit the Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial Graveyard. You see, we’ve had a registered coon hound to enhance our relationship since its beginning. Our coon hound, Speck is getting older but still kicking. Here’s a picture from a few years ago:
Now don’t take this travelogue lightly. One does not just drop in on the coon hound cemetery. It is located just a little past the other side of nowhere after turning off from the main road near Cherokee. The name of the location, though is cut in granite:
A sign on a tree lets you know that neither you nor your cocker spaniel are welcome to be buried here.
And I would be remiss if I didn’t show you the lovely plaque from the Friends of the CoonDogCemetery:
The feeling of love and caring that someone put into this headstone done tore at my heart. I bet Lulu Belle was a wonderful dog.
Dekie enjoyed walking around and reading the messages that paid tribute to all of the wonderful late coon hounds
Ruff was another special stone, name, and memory.
I enjoyed the feeling of love and caring as I looked over the head stones, and the flowers in the cemetery.
I’ve seen a lot of things cast in concrete but this was the first time I ever saw cement coon hounds barking up a tree.
To be specific, Speck is a “treeing Walker coon hound” named for Mr. Walker who started the breed. We tried telling Speck about the cemetery but she just said, “that’s interesting, can I have a treat now?”
Thank you for visiting John the Plant Man.
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