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Coon Dog Cemetery

The Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial Graveyard is a cemetery in rural Colbert County, Alabama, US, reserved specifically for the burial of coon dogs. Key Underwood established the cemetery on September 4, 1937 by burying his own dog there. Underwood chose the spot as it was previously a popular hunting camp where "Troop" did most of his service for 15 years. As of August 2014, more than 300 dogs are buried in the graveyard. It is a specialized and restricted Pet cemetery. Dogs must be bona fide "coonhounds" to be buried there. The exact measure of that standard depends on breeding, experience and performance; and depends on who and when the tale is told and the determination made.

Summarizing the experience and the memorial's purpose:

"Twelve years is a long time to be loved like that, and it’s a good life for a dog. It’s a good life for anybody. This is the only graveyard I’ve been to that was less an acknowledgment of death than it is a celebration of what almost certainly was, grave for coon dog grave, a damn good life. "

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