Daily Archives: December 19, 2011
State allows human burials in pet cemeteries
Rhona Levy of the Bronx, NY got what she described as “sort of like an early Christmas present” — the right to be interred with her beloved pets who have passed on. New York’s state cemetery board has ruled that humans may now arrange for burial at Hartsdale Pet Cemetery and Crematorium, reversing a ruling from the summertime that prohibited the practice. The ban apparently had to do with the non-profit tax status of human cemeteries and memorial parks, but humans who had planned their post-lives to include the companionship of their pets protested. Now Hartsdale — the nation’soldest and largest pet cemetery, with over 70,000 companion animals (and 700 humans) making it their final resting place — can again allow owners to be laid to rest alongside beloved pets, as long as they do not advertise, or charge for, that service.Hartsdale, founded in 1896 by veterinarian Dr. Samuel Johnson, is no doubt a lovely facility, but we’re not sure we’d describe the ability to go there after death as a “gift,” so much as a somewhat unhealthy attempt to control death and grief. But everybody’s relationships with their pets — and their grieving processes — are different, and Levy isn’t the only one who appreciates the lifting of the embargo; the New York Post quotes Taylor York as feeling relieved that her late uncle, NYPD officer Thomas Ryan, can be laid to rest at Hartsdale beside his wife and their Maltese dogs.
If a family member made such arrangements, we’d have no problem with it; we’d honor their wishes. But it’s not something we’d do for ourselves, and we’d have a tough time not making “mew-soleum” jokes. And we definitely have to draw the line at pet seances.
Adele With Her Dachshund Post-Surgery
by KEVIN on DECEMBER 9TH, 2011
Adele, who just had successful surgery on her vocal chord, was seen for the first time outside her London home with her dog; a Dachshund named, “Louie,”who was seen peeking out of his dog carrier.
The surgery reportedly went well, and Louie has reportedly been very supportive. The male dog was named after legendary singer, Louie Armstrong, but was actually almost named “Britney Spears.”
Adele says, “He was born on the night I went to see Britney Spears in London. I almost called him Britney even though he was a boy. But it only lasted a few hours until my hangover stopped.”
Note to self: don’t name a dog when hungover. Anyway, you can see more of Adele and Louie in this 2011 video of an interview she did for a British radio station:
Paul McKinlay saw Scamp, his 8-month-old Yorkie-Shih Tzu mix, slip under the fence and run to the dark and winding road in Washington state earlier this month. He ran to get his pup, but then he heard it. The sickening thud, the yelp, then nothing.
The dog he and his wife had earlier this year given their 6-year-old twin grandchildren, who live with them, was unresponsive. Blood. Fixed eyes. No breath. No heartbeat. The woman who hit him was crying. McKinlay and his wife were devastated. They wrapped the dog, Scamp, in a blanket, placed him under an overturned wheelbarrow, and went to tell the twins.
“[Paul] was going to bury him the next morning so we went into the house and just told the kids the dog had gotten hit by a car and that he had gone to heaven like in that movie, ‘All Dogs Go to Heaven,’ ” Reta McKinlay said in an ABC News story. “My grandson was crying. He asked if [Scamp] evaporated like in the movie and I said, ‘Yes, that’s what happened.’” (A little boy asking about a dead dog evaporating… How heartbreaking is that?)
The kids went off to another relative’s house the next day, and Paul McKinlay went to bury Scamp. He lifted up the wheelbarrow and there was Scamp. But he wasn’t still wrapped in the blanket. He was sitting up, clearly injured, but very much alive.
The McKinlays rushed him to the veterinary hospital, where he was found to have a bad concussion, bruises, broken teeth and a possible hairline jaw fracture.
“My husband has just been emotionally distraught that he left [Scamp] out in the cold, although all the vets say that’s what saved him. It stopped his brain from swelling and that’s ultimately why he lived,” Reta McKinlay said. “They said that being under the wheelbarrow was just perfect, it couldn’t have been any better.”
Scamp stayed there for days, and got fixed up to the tune of $3,000. The grandkids were thrilled when they learned Scamp was back and going to make it. With a little mending of that fence, I don’t think this dog will be evaporating