Fred the Dog was the “beloved companion” of the people of Rockford, Alabama. They saved him from a sad fate and he gave them ten years of joy in return.
Rockford is a town of just under 500 people at the intersection of U.S. 231 and State Highway 22 between Montgomery and Sylacauga. It is the county seat of Coosa County, a beautiful area in the foothills just south of the Talladega Mountains.
The town is a destination for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy its proximity to two of Alabama’s finest paddling streams. Hatchett and Weogufka Creeks offer a combined total of more than 60 miles of paddling trail.
The grave of Fred the Town Dog, however, is the site that calls animal lovers from the highways to a quiet back street.
Fred first appeared in Rockford back in 1993. He was sick and hungry but the people of this good town took mercy on him. Something about the unfortunate little dog touched at the heartstrings of the citizens of Rockford and they fed him and nursed him back to health. Their kindness made a difference for the animal and he never forgot that they had saved him in his hour of need.
Fred the Dog spent the next nine years of his life in Rockford, watching over the people and playing with their children. He also brought fame to his adopted town. A newspaper column titled “A Dog’s Life” first chronicled his comings and goings but then the Animal Planet television network caught wind of Fred’s story His story was featured there for a worldwide audience and the “Town Dog of Rockford, Alabama” became a star.
Fred was a much loved part of Rockford until he died two days before Christmas in 2002. The community buried him on Jackson Street and he rests there today, just north of the historic old rock jail. A beautiful stone marker bears an inscription of his face and memorializes him as “Rockford’s Beloved Companion.”
For more information on historic Rockford, Alabama: http://www.rockfordalabama.net/
Fred the Dog’s Grave is located on N. Jackson Street in Rockford, Alabama.