I woke up this morning to find out our six-year-old, Abyssinian Guinea Pig, Felix, was on his way out. At six, he was considered “frail elderly” and I knew he wasn’t long for this world. He died this morning in my eldest son’s arms and we wrapped him in a shroud and placed him in a doll cradle. We lit candles and incense and both boys bawled until giant tears and snot trails rolled down their faces.
It’s Veteran’s Day and I’d had all the good intentions of taking a walk through a military cemetery in San Francisco’s Presidio, a stone’s throw from our office. It is a wonderful and moving experience any time of year, with great views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands.
All this got me thinking about pet cemeteries.
There is one in the Presidio. Most of the markers are hand crafted and many of the animals were military pets; their birth places around the world are noted on their grave markers.
If you are interested in scouting out pet burial spots around the country or even the grave of a specific celebrity character such as Flipper or Ham the first Chimp in Space, you can check out the Roadside America site and find your favorite famous feline or Fido’s resting place.