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Boh’s home: German shepherd who comforted cemetery visitors is found


Boh, the German shepherd who comforted visitors at a cemetery next door to his home, has been found — one week after his disappearance.

The dog was found Thursday night, safe and unharmed, about 25 miles away from his home in Lincolnton, according to the Bring Boh Home Facebook page.

His owners say it was a post on the Facebook page that led them to the dog, according to WCNC.

Boh was last seen at Forest Lawn Cemetery on E. Hwy 150 in Lincolnton, N.C., on Feb. 28, when a worker saw a woman wearing scrubs put the dog in her car and drive off.

His owners, Tina Kennedy and Brad Beal, had been looking for him ever since, and they turned to Facebook for help. While, at first, no definitive tips came in on the dog’s whereabouts, the couple learned, through responses to their posts, just how much Boh had come to mean to cemetery visitors.

“I can’t tell you how much he comforted me when I have been alone over there,” read one. “I remember him just sitting by me…I thought that was so cute. I will say a prayer he is returned.”

Another post called Boh “God’s shepherd watching over loved ones gone, but not forgotten.”

Many others shared personal stories on how Boh comforted them in their time of need.

After his disappearance, and through Facebook, his owners learned that Boh would escort cemetery staff members arriving for work to their offices. He’d greet those who arrived to visit departed loved ones, sometimes accompanying them to the graves.

“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,” Beal told WCNC in Charlotte. “He would walk the ladies from their cars to the office every morning. He’d console the families.”

“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.

It was also through Facebook that they managed to track Boh down.

The dog was reunited with his owners last night.

Police have questioned one suspect, WCNC reported today. She told officers she picked up the dog to take him to a shelter in Greensboro, but that the dog jumped out of the car in Cornelius. No charges have been filed.

Now that he’s back home, Boh might not be visiting the cemetery anymore, Beal said. He said he’s reluctant to let Boh go back there on his own, but added that Boh’s frequent visitors are welcome to come visit him.

(Photo: Boh reunites with owner, from the Bring Boh Home Facebook page)


Comment from Barbara
Time March 7, 2014 at 11:16 am

I am so thrilled to here you little man is home!! What a blessing her must be to you and others. the woman who took him should be arrested for theft.

Comment from tracy
Time March 7, 2014 at 1:44 pm

What a beautiful dog with a beautiful, caring heart. I am glad Boh is home. This story reminds me to microchip my dog and you should do Boh also.

Comment from Pam
Time March 7, 2014 at 3:51 pm

What a sweet story. Boh sounds like a special dog. The story doesn’t say if he had a collar w/tag and a microchip. I hope he has been microchipped or will be soon. In Asheville you can get a reasonable microchip at the local rabies clinic that the country runs every month. I’m also hesitant to call someone a dog-napper. Maybe she thought she was saving a stray. If she saw all the press, she should have come forward earlier and explained what happened. Surely Boh’s Mom & Dad would have understood if she thought she was saving him. Also I’ve read conflicting reports as to whether he jumped out of the car and she lost him or she turned him loose in a parking lot. I hope it was the former. If she was going to turn him loose, it looks like she could have taken him back to Forest Lawn. Maybe we’ll never know exactly what happened. I’m just happy that Boh is home where he belongs. I hope his family figures out a way to allow him to continue his cemetery ministry. It seems he’s made a lot of difference to those in need.

Comment from Chad
Time March 7, 2014 at 4:44 pm

It’s so great that he made it back home. While I don’t support allowing pets out on their own, it’s great that Boh was able to provide comfort and support for so many people. I’m sure it wasn’t the same without him.

Comment from Leanne
Time March 7, 2014 at 6:07 pm

Maybe you could get him an “official cemetary greeter” vest that way he can do the work he loves and people will know he is not lost.

Comment from Sue
Time March 8, 2014 at 8:15 am

I am so relieved that Boh is home safe. What a sweet dog he is! I agree that the woman who took him was probably trying to help him, though. It’s not like she stole him from the family home – he was loose in a public place. You obviously love this dog, so I do hope you get him microchipped and keep an eye on him.

Comment from DogTipper
Time March 13, 2014 at 2:50 am

This is a beautiful story. I am also happy that the dog got to go back home. Wonderful!

Comment from Jacqueline Campbell
Time August 4, 2014 at 4:22 pm

I hope the family finds a way to let the dog welcome the bereaved who visit the graves. It must be such a good feeling. I love all animals but I think that God granted a special power to dogs. Yet some people abuse them. I thank God for the people like the ASPCA who work so hard to help abused animals.