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Jack the Loyal Dog.

Jack the Loyal Dog

Field review by the editors.

Louisville, Kentucky

James David Bohanon was known around Louisville as a thoroughbred horse breeder (He was on the board of directors of the Kentucky Derby Museum). When he died, his grave was personalized -- not with a bronze horse, but with a dog, modeled after one owned by James. The name "Jack" is engraved on his collar, and he stares mournfully at James' simple tombstone.

Jack the Loyal Dog.

Cemetery lore has a kennel full of tales of loyal dogs who refused to leave their owners' graves. There's no confirmation that Jack actually did this, but it's nice to imagine that he did (Visitors often leave toys for the dog as grave offerings). And according to Michael Higgs of the Cave Hill Heritage Foundation, Jack did die shortly after James. But not at the gravesite. And Jack's not buried here. Just James.

Also see: Cave Hill Cemetery

Jack the Loyal Dog

Cave Hill Cemetery

701 Baxter Ave., Louisville, KY
From the Cave Hill Cemetery main entrance, at the corner of Baxter Ave. and E. Broadway, follow the road with the solid line into the cemetery for about three-quarters of a mile. Turn left onto a road with a dashed line and drive up the hill, following the dashed line, making a couple of quick lefts and a right. You'll quickly see the dog next to the road, on the left.
Daily 8-4:45. Gated after hours. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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