The second Sunday of every June is World Pet Memorial Day–which is a sad day, but also a day to look back at the pets who made our lives better over the years. We also like the idea of looking at how other people have honored their pets–so we took a tour of cemetery monuments, from the simple to the elaborate. And all reminders of our precious animal companions….
We like the simplicity of this marker from the Paradise Pet Ranch in West Palm Beach. The photo is from 2007, and we’re a little surprised to learn that people would go through the trouble of a marker like this back in 1970. But that’s just us not being old enough to know better. We also like that this photo is from a news article about how all the owners of the pets buried at the Paradise Pet Ranch had to be contacted as it was being dug up to be replaced by a condominum. It couldn’t have been easy for the surviving owners, but at least the offer was made.
We wouldn’t mind a dog house made out of concrete, but we guess it’s more appropriate for a dog’s eternal rest. This elaborate tomb can be found at the Hartsdale Pet Cemetery and Crematory in Hartsdale, New York. It was established in 1896 and is the oldest pet cemetery in the United States. It covers a lot of territory, too–partly because pet owners also have the option of having their own ashes buried alongside their pets.
Here’s another resting place in New York, from an unknown location circa 1960. You have to love the contrast of the imposing mausoleum and the name “Toodles.”
Here’s another photo from the Hartsdale Canine Cemetery–and we’re really surprised at how sophisticated this one is for 1959. We’re going to assume that’s when this was actually made. Duchess and Panda must have been very loved.
….and more headstones close together at the Hartsdale Pet Cemetery–and we kind of like the idea of the animals being close together. A mausoleum is nice, but we’d rather our pets be close to others. If we have to think about it at all. Which we’d rather not, but our pets still deserve a World Pet Memorial Day.