Buddy Place's, a pet memorial at Longleaf Trace, officially
opened Saturday during a celebration that featured canines,
companions and kids.
The pet memorial includes a rainbow bridge, fire hydrant, pet
refreshing area and a memory wall.
David and Mary Ellen Senne said they created Buddy's Place to
honor pets that have died and those still living.
"The idea came to me when I was on my bike one day and I
noticed the manager of the Longleaf Trace mourning the loss of
his family pet, Buddy, a Sheltie," Mary Ellen Senne said.
Buddy, the family pet of 11 years, had died.
To cheer him up, Senne said she wanted to establish a place
for owners to reflect on the memories of their lost pets.
Oak Grove Girl Scouts Troop No. 121 assisted with the
completion of the memorial by donating money raised from the
sale of Girl Scout cookies.
Buddy's Place is located at the University of Southern
Mississippi Gateway Station of Longleaf Trace. Originally
published Sunday, August 22, 2004
George Mercier of Hattiesburg waits
for his dogs, Daisy, left, and Maggie, to get a drink
from the water fountain made for dogs at Buddy's Place.