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Boots: Blue Star Dog of World War II

Boots waited at the same time in the same place for my brother Russell's return, doing so even after Russell went off to war, even after the terrible news came that Russell would not be coming back. The vigils ended with the tragic news that Boots would not return, either. It was a double heart break for Momma, almost as if Russell had died all over again. - GENIECE MARCUM.
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By Geniece Marcum

My brother Russell Leftwich's dog, "Boots," waited every day in the same place for Russell to come home from work. Boots Garrett, a county road department co-worker, had given the dog to Russell when it was just a pup. Russell named the dog for him

The dog loved the whole family, but none so much as Russell. Every afternoon just before Russell would get off work, Boots would take up his post in exactly the same place, to watch for him.




When he'd see Russell coming in his truck, he'd go crazy with with anticipation, barking and jumping up and down. Russell always had a treat saved from his lunch pail and gave it to Boots.

When Russell went off to fight in World War II, Boots continued his afternoon watch every day, and always seemed so dejected when his master failed to arrived.

Even after the family got the terrible news of Russell's death, Boots kept his vigils ritually each day under the same cedar tree, for his master's return. Then one day, he was gone.

It was days before Poppa got word in Edmonton that Boots might have been found on another farm. He had gotten hung in a fence, and the landowner, fearing that he might be "mad," had left him there and he had died, we thought for lack of food, that he had died a painful death from starvation.

We always thought that Boots had gone in search of Russell, traveling in the right direction, toward Edmonton.

The news about Boots death was so difficult for Momma. It was almost like she was experiencing Russell's death all over again. Momma grieved for weeks, especially in the afternoons at the times when she had been used to seeing Boots at his post, waiting for her son, a special boy, who had brought her so much joy with his happy fun loving ways. - GENIECE MARCUM


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Boots: Blue Star Dog of WWII



2015-04-18 - Bellview, Metcalfe County, KY - Photo Geniece Marcum collection.
Boots at his post, where he waited at the same time in the same place for Russell's return, even after Russell went off to war, even after the terrible news came that Russell would not be coming back. The vigils ended with the tragic news that Boots would not return, either. A double heart break for Momma, almost as if Russell had died all over again. - GENIECE MARCUM.

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