Coon Dogs Honored At Labor Day Ceremony

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COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - For many hunters, a good coon dog becomes part of the family.  Hundreds of people flock to Coon Dog Cemetery in Colbert County every year on Labor Day.

This Labor Day was no different, as people visited the site to pay tribute to their dogs.

“I thought the world of that old dog,” said Scott Hollimon of his long time hunting companion, Patches.

Hollimon says Patches was a night champion.  At one time, Hollimon and his coon dog were ranked in the top 20 of the United Kennel Club hunts.

“He and I had a lot of good nights together,” said Hollimon.  “I`ve hunted in 15 states, and he was probably with me in about 14 of them.”

Eventually, Hollimon sold Patches, with conditions.

“I told him the only way I would sell him, is that he be buried in Coon Dog Cemetery because he deserves that right,” said Hollimon.

Hollimon says he spends his Labor Day every year at the cemetery.  He's just one of many, who honor the great coon dogs laid to rest.

People who had dogs buried in the cemetery could also pay their annual dues at the Labor Day event.

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