Pet Memorial Garden, not for Minx
Last Sunday, before a Blessing of the Animals service, my church held a special dedication for a newly-created Pet Memorial Garden, which will serve as a final resting place for beloved pets.
Very nicely done, the garden is set in a woodsy area behind a bucolic New England Congregational Church. The garden is open to everyone in the community, not just members of the church. 2′ x 2′ plots can be purchased for a one-time fee of $100, and can be used for multiple pets. The animal’s remains must be cremated before burial.
In theory, this is a lovely, reverent gesture. But I don’t think it’s something I’ll use. I’ve been a pet owner since I was a kid — mostly cats. Some, such as my beloved black cat Boomer which I got in college, lived more than 20 years. A few died much sooner. All were buried in my back yard near a large rock, after final words and a prayer.
My current cat Minx loves the outdoors and the yard — two acres of trees and stonewalls.
So I think it’s fitting that when she’s used the last of her nine lives, her final resting place will be one she loved.
Minx the cat, a dilute calico, is happy in her own back yard.