From the Editor

Story Stacy Clark

I buried a good friend this spring — Sully, a rat terrier-feist mix, who was the runt of his litter and looked at me like I hung the moon. The grave isn’t much, a mound of Yalobusha County soil marked by a flowering quince and a homemade wooden cross bearing his name. Not quite up to Red Bay, Ala.’s standard (the grave or the dog), where more than 200 beloved hounds are interred — many in grand style — at the Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial Graveyard. Statues and headstones bear witness to their prowess as hunters and companions, and each Labor Day weekend their humans pay them a visit and tell all who will listen the tales of their greatest triumphs.

This year, we are restyling our “Parting Shot” feature to pay homage, with a photo and a few words expressing the qualities or habits that made them unforgettable, to those in our community who have passed on. (For details, see page 6.) About Sully I would write, “Failed squirrel hunter, champion lap dog.” I invite you to participate and tell us all the tale of your loved one.

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