Bobbie the Wonder Dog.

Grave of Bobbie the Wonder Dog

Field review by the editors.

Portland, Oregon

Died 1927

Pet Cemetery.

Bobbie was a collie that was lost by his owners while they were on vacation in Indiana. Unfortunately for Bobbie, they lived 2,500 miles away in Silverton, Oregon. Everyone figured that it was bye-bye Bobbie. Except for Bobbie. Somehow, during the winter of 1923-1924, he walked 2,500 miles to get home. Bobbie's persistence and unmatched internal radar made him a nationwide celebrity, and he was honored in the press, books, and even in a Hollywood film.

Bobbie's tombstone.

But all that walking wore Bobbie out. He died just three years later. He was buried in a place of honor just inside the gates of the animal cemetery of the Oregon Humane Society in Portland. Hundreds of human mourners attended his funeral. The eulogy was delivered by the city's mayor. Fellow dog star Rin Tin Tin placed a wreath at the grave (He would not be as fortunate as Bobbie; he was buried in France).

Bobbie's grave is sheltered within his fancy white and red dog house, which he'd received during a promotional appearance at the Portland Home Show. His tombstone, at one time visible through the windows, was later moved outside for better viewing.

The expansion of the Humane Society Headquarters closed off the cemetery behind a fence, which means that Bobbie's grave can now only be reached by walking through the building during business hours. That doesn't seem right for a populist hero dog. Bobbie, free-ranger that he was, wouldn't have cared for that fence at all.

Also see: Magical Animals | Roadside Pet Cemetery

Grave of Bobbie the Wonder Dog

1067 NE Columbia Ave., Portland, OR
North edge of the city just south of the river. On the north side of NE Columbia Ave. just east of 11th Ave. The grave is behind the Oregon Humane Society building, and can only be reached by walking through the building during business hours.
Su-We 10 am - 7 pm, Th-Sa 10 am - 9 pm. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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