Artwork unveiled in Hollytree in memory of Brownie the neighborhood dog | Local news

In commemoration of a “legacy of South Tyler,” residents of Hollytree gathered Monday to pack an electrical box with portraits of a beloved four-legged friend they called their own.

Brownie the dog, estimated to be 22 years old, was a neighborhood mutt who died about two months ago.

He may not have had a specific owner, but according to five of his Hollytree caretakers Rebecca Davis, Ingrid Horner, Phyllis Tindel, Jamie Hancock and Alice Avery, he was cared for by many.

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An electrical box in Hollytree with art commemorating Brownie, a dog that would visit countless local residents.

Opposite the intersection of Hollytree Drive and Brandywine Drive, passers-by can spot a new artwork by Brownie on the electrical box to keep his memory alive. This spot was chosen because although Brownie has traveled many places in South Tyler, Brownie can often be seen in this part of the Hollytree neighborhood.

brownie the dog

Brownie, who frequented the residents of Hollytree, died about two months ago. He lived on the street but was cared for by a group of residents of Hollytree and others in South Tyler.

With permission, the residents came up with the idea to wrap the electrical box as a tribute to the neighborhood dog. The group raised money to cover the box by selling prints of Brownie van Horner, an artist and resident of the neighborhood.

“There are countless locations where Brownie’s art could be placed to remember him, but over the years he would always visit (Hollytree) and visit homes,” Davis said. “Even though he wasn’t here all the time… this was a place he would always come to.”

Davis said there were about 20 homes Brownie would visit regularly in the area. While these individuals cared and loved him, the residents of Hollytree are only a small part of Brownie’s “bigger story,” she said.

brownie the dog

An electrical box in Hollytree with art commemorating Brownie, a dog that would visit countless local residents.

Neighbors fed Brownie all kinds of food, Horner said.

“We all cooked special food for him and we didn’t let our family touch it,” Horner said.

Tindel, another local resident, said many others cooked meals for Brownie. He would come to her backyard and bark to let her know if it was breakfast time or if he just wanted to see her, Tindel said.

From there, he would go to Avery’s house, where he was treated with bacon, Tindel said.

With so many people watching over Brownie, Horner said she created a group text that grew over the years. In the chat, residents sent updates on whether they had already fed Brownie that day and other updates.

Brownie had also created his own Facebook page where people posted photos, videos and Brownie’s location so that everyone who cared about him could follow his journey.

“We really tried to protect him because a lot of people wanted to catch him,” Horner said. “This dog, he was meant 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 a “great little soul,” according to Tindel, but those who have watched him over the years agreed that he brought people together.

As Avery stood with her four friends Monday morning and shared memories of Brownie, she said he might 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 loved people in general… and we all gathered around him. He had a big support group,” Horner added.

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