Hollytree Artwork Unveiled in Memory of Neighborhood Dog Brownie | Local News
In remembrance of a ‘South Tyler legacy’, residents of Hollytree gathered on Monday to pack an electrical box with the portraits of a beloved four-legged friend they called their own.
Brownie the dog, who was estimated to be 22 years old, was a neighborhood street dog who died about two months ago.
He may not have had one particular owner, but he was taken care of by many, according to five of his Hollytree sitters Rebecca Davis, Ingrid Horner, Phyllis Tindel, Jamie Hancock and Alice Avery.
Across from the intersection of Hollytree Drive and Brandywine Drive, passers-by can see new Brownie artwork on the electrical box to keep his memory alive. This location was chosen because although Brownie had traveled to many places in South Tyler, he could often be spotted in this area of the Hollytree neighborhood.
With their permission, residents came up with the idea of wrapping the electrical box to pay homage to the neighborhood dog. The group raised money to cover the box by selling Brownie prints by Horner, who is an artist and neighborhood resident.
“There are many places where Brownie’s art could have been remembered, but over the years he was still visiting (Hollytree) and visiting homes,” Davis said. “Even though he wasn’t there all the time.. it was a place he would always come to.”
Davis said there were about 20 homes that Brownie regularly visited in the neighborhood. While those people cared about and loved him, the residents of Hollytree are only a small part of Brownie’s “bigger story”, she said.
Neighborhood residents fed Brownie all types of food, Horner said.
“We all cooked special meals for him and we wouldn’t let our family touch it,” Horner said.
Tindel, another neighborhood resident, said many others cooked meals just for Brownie. He would come into her garden and bark to let her know if it was time for lunch or if he just wanted to see her, Tindel said.
From there he would go to Avery, where he was treated to bacon, Tindel said.
With so many people watching Brownie, Horner said she created a group text that grew over the years. In the chat, residents would send updates on whether they had already fed Brownie that day and any other updates.
Brownie also created his own Facebook page where people posted photos, videos and Brownie’s location, allowing everyone who cared for him to follow his journey.
“We really tried to protect him because a lot of people wanted to catch him,” Horner said. “This dog, he was supposed to be free; he was supposed to live his life on his own terms and we tried to protect that as much as possible.
Not only was Brownie an “incredible little soul,” according to Tindel, but those who watched him over the years agreed he brought people together.
As Avery stood with her four friends on Monday morning and shared memories of Brownie, she said he could be remembered as a “little ambassador of friendship.”
“I always say he brought out the best in all of us because he had his people and he generally loved people… and we all rallied around him. He had a great support group,” added Horner.