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Dayton, Ohio: Sad Dog and Other Graves

Johnny Morehouse's faithful dog refused to leave his grave until he died, too. Their tombstone features them both.

Woodland Cemetery

118 Woodland Ave., Dayton, OH
Woodland Cemetery. South of midtown. From Brown St. turn east onto Woodland Ave. and drive to the cemetery.
Gates open daily 8-dusk (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Boy and Dog.

Sad Dog and Young Johnny

This memorial and gravestone is to the right upon entering the cemetery. They say it's one of their most popular sights. There's an info sheet provided.

[Rose Howe, 10/01/2020]

Johnny Morehouse, 5 years old, fell into the canal while playing. His dog pulled him out, but too late! Johnny had drowned. The grieving dog is said to have taken up station at the grave, "morning, noon, and night."

Sad dog.

Sad Dog and Other Graves of Woodland Cemetery

Woodland Cemetery is known as the final resting place of the Wright Brothers, but there's also the grave of Johnny Morehouse and his dog, not far from the entrance. In the mid-1860s Johnny was playing and fell into a canal. His faithful dog pulled him out, but it was too late. The dog refused to leave Johnny's grave and was fed scraps by concerned locals until he, too, died. Their monument depicts Johnny, the dog, and some toys. It's traditional to leave coins or a dog toy on the grave.

Also buried here are Levi and Matilda Stanley, "King and Queen of the Gypsies," marked by an ornate monument covered in verses; John Henry Patterson, founder of National Cash Register, who allegedly invented the phrase "You're fired!" when he informed an employee of his termination by setting his desk on fire; and Elizabeth Richter, famous red-haired madam, buried surrounded by her "fallen angels."

[Kitsa, 07/05/2017]

Nearby Offbeat Places

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The Temple of Tolerance, Wapakoneta, OH - 57 mi.

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