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Statue of dog catching a frisbee.

Frisbee Dog Statue

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Middlebury, Vermont

In 1939, so the story goes, a group of five Middlebury College students were on their way to a fraternity convention in Nebraska. Delayed by a flat tire, with nothing more than an empty pie plate (from the Frisbie Pie Company) and a willing dog, the sport of Frisbee tossing was born.

The slightly larger-than-life-sized sculpture commemorating the sloppy sports milestone is titled "Frisbee Dog," although plastic Frisbees weren't invented until 20 years after this dog played catch. The iron sculpture of the exuberant Great Dane is the work of artist Patrick Villiers Farrow (brother of Mia Farrow) and it was donated to the college by Gary Merrill (former husband of Bette Davis) in 1989.

There are no bandanas, no hippies... but it's a unique landmark as far as campus quads go.

Frisbee Dog Statue

Middlebury College

496 College St., Middlebury, VT
Middlebury College. East edge of town. On the north side of VT-125/College St., behind Forest Hall, facing the Quad (Battell Beach).
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