was a gentle, playful and warm dog," Lucenay said. "He
would sleep at the foot of my bed. He was just the regular
family dog. I really miss him."
Lucenay was a young boy growing up in California
when Pete was alive. When the pair would go for walks,
people would stop Lucenay and Pete, so they could have
their picture taken with the dog.
"He was always recognized," Lucenay said. "Everybody
To further publicize the lovable pup, Lucenay's
father, Harry Lucenay, would take Pete to the Steel Pier
in Atlantic City for fans to meet him and pose for pictures
Pete first got his break in show business
in the 1920s when he took over Pal's — his dad — place
in the Buster Brown silent movies. The Buster Brown director,
Hal Roach, went on to direct Pete in the Our Gang comedies.
Infamous for the ring around his left eye and his funny
antics, Pete quickly stole the show.
And now, as his legend carries on, people
are wondering what happened to the remains of the Tinseltown
dog. Pete died in 1946, when Lucenay was 18. Lucenay
joined the Army and after his discharge, settled in the
Waco area in the 1950s when he married Helen.
According to e-mails from roadsideamerica.com,
Pete has sparked numerous rumors concerning his whereabouts.
One reference mentions Pete was poisoned, leading to
his demise. Another reference mentions cemeteries where
Pete could be buried.
But, Lucenay said, none of the rumors are
true. Pete died of old age, not poison. And the final
resting place of the famous pup — that secret remains