Friday, March 21, 2014

Five Unheralded Dog Cemeteries

When I travel, I look for dog cemeteries.  Here are a few off the beaten path.
Pet cemetery at Manzanar,  an interment camp where Japanese Americans
 were incarcerated during World War II.  Today it is State of California Historical Landmark #850 and
 is maintained by the National Park Service.   It appears that pets continue to be
memorialized here, but why is a a mystery to me. 

Fort MacArthur K-9 Command Cemetery in San Pedro, California. The military dogs buried here were killed in the
line of duty during World War II. Records are intentionally spotty as to what the dogs were actually used for,
but it's clear that they were trained at Fort MacArthur.

Havana's famous Colon Cemetery features a poignant memorial to the woman who founded the first animal welfare
organization along with her loyal dog Rinti, who guarded her grave site until he too died.  On the right, one of the many not so famous  dogs who live inside the gated cemetery and can be seen lounging on sun-warmed sarcophagi. They  seem well  taken care of by the staff who work there.  

Also in Havana, a small memorial to beloved cats and dogs at  Finca Vigia.
the home of Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gelhorn,

Theodore Roosevelt's home, Sagamore Hill, features a pet cemetery where
the family's many horses and dogs are buried.

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