Essential: Lynchburg’s town dog Buddy the Beagle

{Editor’s Note: This is the second of a multi-part series highlighting all the essential folks in Moore County. Readers nominated each interview subject. Susan Staley nominated Buddy. To nominate someone, email editor@lynchburg-times.com.}

Buddy the Beagle
With the Jack Daniel Visitor’s Center closed to tours, Lynchburg’s town dog, Buddy the Beagle, has been roaming a little wider footprint to keep an eye on the locals. {Lynchburg Times Photo}

The rounds for Lynchburg’s town dog, Buddy the Beagle, are generally pretty simple. He leaves his Main Street home and meanders through the square on his way to the Jack Daniel Visitor’s Center. There, he serves as a sort of “unofficial” welcoming committed to the 300,000 plus visitors that flock to Moore County each year. But recently, since Jack Daniel’s Distillery closed to public tours, he’s been widening his footprint.

“I sometime head down to Barrelhouse BBQ. Chuck’s always good for a snack,” he says. “There are some folks down near the water department that leave me fresh water. I like that. There are also some neighborhood kids I’m fond off.”

Since most experts agree that COVID-19 can’t be transmitted to dogs and cats, Buddy says he feels an extra responsibility to check on the locals here in the town he loves.

“I don’t really feel the need to take any precautions … except maybe with a few of those Square Cats. No need to pratice social distancing,” he says. “I’m also not real fond of those silly masks, but I love belly rubs and ear scratches.”

Buddy says he can’t wait for the tours to return to Jack Daniel but he understands the need for the precautions.

“I feel the anxiety of the humans around me,” he says. “I know this is a stressful time. I guess that’s why I’m determined to deliver as much unconditional love as possible every single day.” •

{The Lynchburg Times is the only independently owned and operated newspaper in Moore County … covering Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, the Lynchburg Music Fest, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}

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