by Ken Lund
Pet Memorials and Cemetaries in Europe
For centuries people from around the world have honored pets upon their death and buried their beloved friends in pet cremation urns or pet cemeteries, which are not new to history. In 1986 Laurence Stager’s archaeological team discovered the ancient pet cemetery of Ascalon dating back to the period of Persian rule (539-332 B.C.) in Palestine. It contained the remains of over 1000 dogs.
The Le Cimeti? des Chiens D’Asni?s-Sur-Seine features a large sculpture with the carving of a Saint Bernard carrying a child. The dog, Barry, saved the lives of 40 people in the Alps before he lost his own life attempting a rescue for the 41st time. Another large tombstone?features a German Shepherd statue memorializing all police dogs who have died in action.
One pet cemetery in the United Kingdom at Brynford near Holywell in Flintshire,