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Mack the Famous Seeing Eye Dog

Mack, Famous Seeing Eye Dog of George Ramey
Mack, Famous Seeing Eye Dog of George Ramey

This gravestone caught my eye, and not just because of the noble German Shepherd dog whose photograph graces it. It was the inscription, “Mack Famous Seeing Eye Dog of George Ramey,” that got my attention. I wondered just how famous this dog might have been. I found the answer in the pages of three local newspapers of the period, The Washington Post, The Evening Star, and The Alexandria Gazette.
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Who’s Buried in Grant’s Tomb? Not Petey of Our Gang.

General Grant of R.K.O., also known as Jiggs (not Petey of Our Gang). Photo taken April 21, 2018
General Grant of R.K.O., also known as Jiggs (not Petey of Our Gang). Photo taken April 21, 2018

One of the most frequently repeated stories about Aspin Hill Memorial Park is that Petey from the Our Gang movies is buried there.  As evidence, newspaper articles about the cemetery in Aspen Hill, Maryland point to the grave of General Grant of R.K.O., whose nickname was Jiggs.

When I visited General Grant of R.K.O.’s grave in 2012, I found a gravestone with a photo of a bulldog on it. That was my first clue that something was amiss. I knew already that all of the dogs who played Petey (there were three of them) were American pit bull terriers. I’ve never seen a bulldog in an Our Gang movie, nor were any of the dogs named Jiggs or General Grant.
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