Lyon Rapley was born in Strathroy in 1890 and died of diphtheria in 1894, at the age of four. Manfred and Annie Rapley, his parents, lived at 132 Front St. W. across from what is now the Strathroy United Church. They had a life-sized statue of a dog cast, which they displayed on their front lawn for many years in memory of Lyon. Manfred Rapley died in 1935 and his wife in 1939. During her terminal illness, Mrs. Rapley was nursed by Mrs. Amy Holt R.N. and before her death gave the Dalmatian statue to Mrs. Holt.
They, in turn, displayed the dog each summer on their front lawn at 158 High Street. As the years passed, Charlie Holt became a good friend of Dr. Allan Marshall, a Veterinarian, and when a new animal clinic was planned by Dr. Marshall and Dr. Floyd Denning, Charlie Holt gave Dr. Marshall the statue for the clinic.
The clinic was built in 1974 and “Charlie” as he was now called, took up residence on the front lawn of the clinic at 425 Frances St. and still, into his second century is on guard at the front door.
Our thanks to Miss Charlotte Rapley, a niece of Manfred Rapley, for her help with this information.
At this time the clinic will remain open, but with some critical adjustments with how we operate in order to help keep our community and our staff healthy.
We are still available to see our patients, however, we will be practicing "hands free" appointments. We will have you bring your pet to the main entrance of the clinic and place your pet in between the double doors and a staff member will bring your pet into the clinic.