Hattiesburg American  

Pet memorial opens at Longleaf Trace
From staff reports

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STEPHEN JONES Hattiesburg American

Scott Probert and Jennifer Gillis of Hattiesburg take their dogs, Amber and Quincy, on a tour of Buddy's Place on the Longleaf Trace on Saturday.


Dean Ethridge of Hattiesburg and Caesar, his 180-pound English Mastiff, sit and watch the dedication ceremony for Buddy's Place.

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.