Planning a Pet Funeral
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Planning a Pet Funeral by Renae Hamrick, RVT
Pet burials and memorials have existed for a long time; records of them exist as far back as the B.C. years. In fact, according to National Geographic, the oldest known pet cat was found in a 9,500 year old grave on the island of Cyprus, buried with a human. As can be proven by the many elaborately mummified animals which have been recovered, ancient Egypt took the task of honoring their deceased pets very seriously.
Pet burials began between 14,000 and 9,000 years ago. a 12,000 year-old Natufian burial site (Israel) found a puppy buried with the owner but Salima Ikram an Eqyptologist with the Cairo Museum said that animal mummification reached its pinnacle of popularity between 664-525 BCE.
Today we memorialize our pets with funerals, cremations, burials in cemeteries and backyards, taxidermy, and some owners even use cryogenics and cloning. Paw prints, hair clippings, memorial stones, and gemstones made from a pet's cremains are some other means of keep the memory of a pet alive.
The options today are amazing. My editors requested that I edit out some of the taxidermy and freezedrying options since they found them distastful. If you purchase Blessing of the Animals you'll receive a code that will give you some of that bonus material...