They’re all dead dogs, Brent

Benny and I went with a couple of friends to the local pet cemetery this weekend. I’m kind of surprised that I never went to this pet cemetery before. Actually, I’ve never been to any pet cemetery before other than a pretty makeshift one on Catalina Island and a micro-cemetery down at the Red Car property. (Re: the latter, I think we had more pet graves in our side yard during the fateful Guinea Pig Plague Year when my brother and I were kids.)

But this one in Calabasas is a proper cemetery, with drooping trees and quiet paths and gentle grassy hills. And it being Los Angeles, there are plenty of famous animals

as well as pets of famous people.

There are people who blame themselves too much for the passing of their non-human friends

and people who maybe need to take some time off from having pets.

There are wordy tributes

and not so wordy tributes.

Funny names

and awesome names

Big guys and small guys.

Pets who were a bit challenging

and pets who were extremely patient.

You might think that the pet cemetery is a depressing place, but there is so much love there that I found it exactly the opposite. If you’re having some trouble these days finding the humanity in people, go find yourself a pet cemetery. Bring along some ghost treats.

Etiquette & superstition: mourning

There are of course many superstitions and rules of etiquette regarding mourning, and it would be foolish of me to try to tackle the entire subject in one post. I may revisit the issue in the future, but for now, I would just like for everyone reading this to take a moment to think of Tweek and Buffy and all the other fine creatures we have loved who have left us, and wish them well in their current homes.

ETIQUETTE: (from Vogue’s Book of Etiquette, 1948 edition) It is incorrect to wear any kind of feathers, even black ones, while in mourning. Except ostrich feathers. You can wear ostrich feathers.

SUPERSTITION: Cry for your loss, but do not literally shed tears over the dead. They will not be able to rest peacefully if your tears touch their body. Interestingly, it is said that the dead are blessed if rain falls upon their corpses.

Photo by SeenyaRita on flickr

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