Monday, June 29, 2015

The Los Angeles Pet Cemetery

The Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park opened in 1929 on a lovely piece of property in the suburb of Calabasas.  Dogs, cats, horses, birds, ferrets and pigs are memorialized there.

The most famous grave is Kabar's, Rudoph Valentino's faithful dog. It's said the Kabar haunts the cemetery but I didn't see him when I visited.
Valentino's dog, Kabar

Many markers are sentimental.

Some have a portrait of the dog.

Others are traditional.
That's a Boston Terrier on the stone.  I'm guessing all the
markers beneath the stone are Boston Terriers, too.

A lot  are  lighthearted and kitschy. 
It's obvious that some are maintained on a regular basis, 
otherwise who would dry clean the costume on the dog?
Note the laminated photos in back featuring the dog
when she was alive wearing the same costume.

It has a more festive feel than people cemeteries, 
with lots of whirly-gigs made up of dogs happily 
making their way to the rainbow bridge.

Some markers have messages included.
This marker says:
Beaver Shen, we miss you Dr. Dog. P.S. P J is wrong.

The earliest marker is 1928.

The original building, put up in 1929 has been recently restored.

If you want to visit:
5068 Old Scandia Lane, Calabasas, CA 91302

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