The desire for and act of burying a pet’s remains – whether in a family cemetery plot or other sacred space – is not a recent trend. People have been doing this for millennia, throughout the world and throughout history. Wherever such practices were not culturally sanctioned, it’s likely that there were still those who would have opted for a natural burial at the passing of a beloved pet.
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Family Burial Plots
There is great evidence from throughout history of humans and (other) animals being buried in the same or adjoining burial plots and vaults.
More to come…
While many recall the 1960s as a period of a new back-to-the-land movement, another history was brewing – the introduction of plastic caskets at pet cemeteries. Manufacturer, Hoegh Pet Casket Co., states on their website (2010):
Hoegh Industries is a pioneer of pet caskets, and has been producing a quality product since 1966. Hoegh pet caskets are vacuum formed out of high-impact styrene plastic… In 2002, over 35,000 caskets and burial shells were sold.
More to come …
Eulogy of the Dog
“George Graham Vest served in the United States Senate for twenty-four years, from 1879 to 1903, but the act for which he is best remembered is a speech delivered in an insignificant court case while he was still a lawyer in rural Missouri…The lawsuit that brought him immortality concerned the shooting of “Old Drum,” the best hunting dog of a local farmer. A neighbor who suspected that Old Drum was moonlighting by killing his sheep gave orders to shoot the dog if it appeared on the property again. When Old Drum was found dead near the neighbor’s house, the farmer filed suit, seeking damages of fifty dollars…Vest’s summation to the jury (pdf) at that trial has become familiar to dog lovers across the country through succeeding generations.” For more information, visit the memorial page here.
photo credits: dog looking back by bobmarley753, flickr.com
updated December 11, 2014