Posts Tagged ‘dog’

The Film Star, Rudolph Valentino, owned a great Dane who was buried in the Los Angeles Pet Cemetery, supposedly Kabar is often seen or heard by visitors giving the occasional lick to an unsuspecting guest. It is also said Kabar has been spotted at Valentino’s old home.

Rudolph Valentino is said to haunt his former estate, Falcon’s Lair, as well as Hollywood Forever Cemetery as he died with unfinished business. He is interred in the Cathedral Mausoleum, crypt 1205, as he lost his wife to his movie obsession, filming ‘The Hooded Falcon’ when she left the stress may have left to the onset of his perforated ulcer. He died 23rd August, 1926 with Kabar by his side.

Kabar was heard to howl mournfully when his master’s spirit crossed over and finally they had to overpower the dog in order to get Valentino laid out in state.

By Associated Press-much of the stamp is under the wire copy, but “Associated Press Photo” can be read. – Original text : eBay
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The Warren Tribune 26 August 1926 page 1), Public Domain, Link

A deeper dive into the story, and worthy of a click!

Tea break over… back to work.

Or the Covenanters’ Prison, is in Edinburgh. A historical part of the city too as it has had burials there since the 16th Century and has some notable figures there. 1200 Covenanters were imprisoned in a field to the south of the Churchyard and later in the 18th Century the field became part of the churchyard with vaulted tombs and got it’s nickname.

A sweet story of the Greyfriar’s Bobby also comes from here, a loyal dog that guarded his grave. His headstone is at the entrance to the cemetery and the grave of his master John Grey, an Edinburgh police officer, is buried around 30 metres north to the cemetery entrance. The stone is modern as the grave was originally unmarked.

This is also a good place to see Mortsafe’s (search my earlier posts for more on those) amongst burials of some notable historian’s, architects and Colonel Francis Charteris, a member of the Hell-Fire Club.

As with all things I seem to write about, we’re into the supernatural now. Rumours have it that Greyfriars cemetery is haunted.  One has been attributed to “Bloody” George Mackenzie buried 1691, he causes bites, bruises, scratches and many visitors report strange feelings.

Terre Haute in Indiana has a little cemetery, the signs expressly forbid entrance to the Highland Lawn Cemetery during the evening. The caretaker probably has good reason too, there is a chance of a ghostly bulldog and his master are walking around.

The cemetery is the final resting place of John G Heinl, Stiffy Green was his bulldog. The kindly gent and his bulldog went everywhere, the dog would trot obediently behind at his heels and rarely let the master out of his sight.

In 1920 John Heinl passed away and Stiffy Green was inconsolable, the little bulldog would not leave his side even at the funeral and burial service. When someone tried to pull him away he would snap and snarl.

Heinl’s remains were placed in the family vault and Stiffy Green took his vigil outside it by the large bronze doors. No matter the weather the little dog sat there with his bright green eyes on watch, even when the family took the little guy home he would find his way back and carry on his watch.

Now whether or not it’s true, Stiffy was moved to Terre Haut’s Lion’s Club when teenagers no longer content with shining through a torch shot one of the little guy’s eyes out. To keep him safe they moved him.

Terre Hautions grew up with the legend but the Vigo County Historical Society have placed a more realistic slant on it saying that he was a statue built for the Mausoleum.

Either way he makes for a fantastic little story.