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What will you do with your pet's body?      Who-will-Help-me      postcard

General Brochure (tri-fold; black ink on pale moss green):  What will you do with your pet’s body? – General information about the Green Pet-Burial Society and its projects.

Transport Brochure (tri-fold; black ink on sandstone):  Who will Help me? – An appeal to transport services, funeral directors, veterinarians to help us create systems to transport a pet’s remains home. Many take their pets on vacations, visits, work assignments, yet some pets die when away from home. Stylistically, we reference the graphic novel in depicting an often unspoken despair.

Postcard (2-sided): Bereavement and Conservation – Introducing the idea of conservation whole-family cemeteries, where keeping the remains of family members together is good for the environment, the bereaved, and society.

COST:  $5 for 50 + $8 shipping and handling = $13

Memorial Services

Dog DreamsDo you live in Southern California? Founder and cultural anthropologist Eric Greene will help you to create a comforting memorial service to honor your beloved animal. He will interview you about your relationship, unique moments shared together, spiritual beliefs and aesthetic inclinations in order to create words and rituals that mark this transitional moment for you, your family and friends.

Leave a message for us below. Prices start at $100/hr.

Consultation

GhostDogBritten

Planning to create a new pet or whole-family cemetery?

Need help transitioning your current cemetery to being ‘green’ or opening a whole-family section?

We can help you to realize your dream. We will assist with developing a strategic plan, preparing a proposal, identifying appropriate partners and associations, aesthetic and environmental considerations, and conduct a cost analysis.

Free initial consultation. Fees based on scope of work.

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Art, Shelter Dogs, Public Graves, and Renewal: an interview with photographer Shannon Johnstone

by Eric S. Greene

Shannon Johnstone, Karsten #87239 (detail). © 2013. Part of the Landfill Dogs project. Adopted.

Here’s a treat for all those who care deeply about dogs and civic engagement: photographer Shannon Johnstone’s original, poetic photographic essay, Landfill Dogs. Published in 2013 to critical acclaim (we included one of her photographs in our developing Photography Gallery), this series of photographic portraits deserves continued attention from those who love animals and those organizations committed to their support – especially during this season of reflection and gift-giving (scroll to the end of the article for purchase information).

The Green Pet-Burial Society addresses the status of animals in society in life as well as death, our (dis)connections with the Earth, ways in which we honor those who have passed, and how only a relative few animals are remembered and mourned.

Johnstone highlights these themes among dogs whose unwanted-ness marks them for an untimely death. She focuses her lens on the life, joys, and fates of individual dogs within a society that – in the absence of caring families and nurturing homes – discards them.

In an unexpected turn, Johnstone takes dogs, whose future at a local animal shelter is uncertain, to a park created upon a landfill, liberating them for a few hours of fresh air and play. Yet this poignant outing above ground is juxtaposed with the reality of what lies below: the landfill contains the remains of thousands of other dogs prematurely put to death. In this deceptively natural setting, she leads us to contemplate the fates of captive animals who lack human companionship; the stark reality of their unwantedness (which serves as the raison de ne pas être vis-à-vis lethal injection); the meanings we give to death and life; the inequities inflicted upon forgotten dogs; and entire systems of captivity, domestication, and control over animals’ lives and bodies. As importantly, she documents the remarkable reactions the dogs have during a sublime moment of freedom.

We are grateful to Johnstone for sharing her thoughts and process through an email interview with the Green Pet-Burial Society; edited excerpts of which are shared below.

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