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Jim the Wonder Dog
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Birth: Mar. 10, 1925
Death: Mar. 18, 1937

Llewellyn Setter, Superb Pointer, Both Telepathic and Psychic. The antics of the animal's mystical abilities remain a secret to this day sealed forever after the death of the Setter and his owner, Sam Van Arsdale. Many have owned telepathic pets that seem to know what we are thinking but never to the degree of "Jim the Wonder Dog," a title bestowed as the result of a revealing newspaper article. He began his life as any other dog bred to be a hunter. Van Arsdale purchased the pup from a breeder and placed him in a kennel for training. The black and white canine required little instruction as he instinctively knew the location of his quarry and his duties. His master's pantry was always full as he would bag over 5,000 quail while using the dog on hunting trips being declared by Outdoor Life magazine the "Hunting Dog of the Century." The Setter's psychic abilities were discovered during a hunting trip as he anticipated his masters thoughts such as "Let's sit in the shade of that hickory tree and rest." Jim quickly ran to a nearby hickory tree and sat. Other suggestions followed and he found many familiar objects including a tree stump. Sam would permanently settle in Marshal, Missouri acquiring a hotel located on the town square from where Jim would receive national attention after hearing of the animals abilities while hundreds witnessed the feats. Jim would indicate the answers to his master's commands by physically giving a sign. Initially, the requests were simple and resembled tricks. Van Arsdale would tell Jim to pick out a lady in a red dress or to go find the car with a certain license plate number and the canine would perform flawlessly, going to the red dress lady and the correct car. Jim's talents soon reached the over the horizon level after developing the ability to predict the future. He would reveal the winner of the 1936 World Series, presidential elections and the ultimate, with complete accuracy, the winners of horse and dog races. With the depression in full swing across the nation, this quickly brightened the hope of cash strapped Americans. However, Sam would never use this information for his benefit or share this knowledge with others. Jim picked the correct winners in seven consecutive Kentucky Derbies. Many tests by experts were administered to ascertain the integrity of the dog and determine a reason for the phenomenon. Jim performed before the Missouri Legislature in Jefferson City to prove his integrity and the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri observed his performances then gave him a physical and found nothing unusual or abnormal. The end came in the parking lot while the pair were on a fishing trip to a nearby lake. As the dog jumped from the car, he collapsed and fell to the ground. With feeble breathing, Van Arsdale rushed his pet to a nearby veterinary hospital in Sedalia, Missouri where he passed away at age eleven from a stroke. Jim's legacy...He has made Marshall, Missouri, a destination for tourist wanting to visit his grave. The Canine was buried outside the front cemetery fence of Ridge Park Cemetery. The need for burial space caused the cemetery to surround the grave of the dog. Originally denied a burial place in the cemetery, Jim is now officially interred in Ridge Park, now the number one visited grave. The dogs owner during his lifetime refused to make money from his famous pet other than expenses. Sam Van Arsdale Sam turned down a $364,000 offer from Paramount Studios and many other lucrative offers including a dog food company. However, the town of Marshall has taken advantage of the legacy of "Jim." to expand it's attraction toward tourism. In 1999, the city constructed a small memorial park called "Jim the Wonder Dog Memorial Park." A brick walkway enables one to take a self guided tour. After transversal of a bridge over a bubbling brook, one then proceeds past many plaque stations which describes in detail the dog's many achievements. At the center is a much larger than life statue of Jim. Town merchants and an official Jim website sell every thing from the dog's biography to look-a-like stuffed dogs, T-shirts, mugs, and official doggie dishes. His elaborate portrait hangs in the Marshall Inn, a prominent town hotel. The dog had the distinction of having been featured in "Ripley's Believe It or Not." Note: Please view the images of his plaques taken from the Memorial Park now in the photo gallery for more details of his demise and odyssey. (bio by: Donald Greyfield) 
Ridge Park Cemetery
Saline County
Missouri, USA
Plot: His grave is on the west side of Section 8
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jul 03, 2000
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