LINCOLNTON, N.C. -- A German Shepherd that spent his days comforting visitors at a local cemetery is missing.
“He just started going over to the graveyard and hanging out with the guys as they were working on the graves out here and he just kind of became a part,” explained owner Brad Beal, on how Boh became a fixture at Forest Lawn Cemetery, “he would walk the ladies from their cars to the office every morning. He’d console the families.”
Forest Lawn Cemetery, on E. Hwy 150, is the last place Boh was seen. A person working at the cemetery said they saw a woman wearing scrubs put the dog in her car and drive off back on Friday, February 28th.
In addition to searching on foot and in their cars, Tina Kennedy and Brad Beal posted photos and pleas on Facebook. The posts went viral and the messages started pouring in.
“A man said ‘You won’t believe what your dog done for me. He’s helped me grieve through this process.’ And we’re finding all this out on Facebook,” marveled Beal.
Comments on photos and shared links called the dog “God’s shepherd watching over loved ones gone, but not forgotten.”
Other people shared their personal stories on how Boh comforted them in their time of need.
The couple had no idea their dog touched the lives of so many others.
“It is heartwarming to know what we knew was special to us has turned out to be, or maybe to be, more special to some other people because he’s helping them through a hard time,” said Kennedy.
East Lincoln Animal Hospital posted on its Facebook page that a person did bring in a dog that matched Boh’s description to check for a microchip (Boh is not microchipped).
The page said the woman told the office she was going to take the dog to a shelter. She did not leave any contact information.
Boh is two-and-a-half years old. He has a thick, black, nylon collar.
The tags fell off in the yard a few days before he vanished.
Boh also likes to chase his tail, and often runs in circles after catching it. If you know where Boh is, his owners ask that he be brought back home or to the cemetery.
You may contact Brad Beal at 704.740.6659