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Dating back to Egyptians pharaohs, royalty were buried with their pets.
Today, according to an article in the Telegraph.co.uk, companion animals are family members to those who they share their lives with and many people are now choosing to be buried alongside their pets.
Before joint animal and human cemeteries were approved, owners had to be cremated in order to stay with their beloved animals.
Last week, planners in Lincolnshire, England approved a joint cemetery where owners can be buried with their pets in the same plot. This new change reflects how society today is becoming more pet friendly. Owners are seeking burials with their dogs, cats, and even horses.
According to the Association of Private Pet Cemeteries and Crematoria, an estimated 1.5 million dogs and cats die every year. Some 300,000 are buried in the garden, 1,000 in pet cemeteries, 100,000 are individually cremated and the rest incinerated as clinical waste.
And even our animals would like to stay with their human companion. One widely known example is a small terrier, Greyfriars Bobby. This loyal and faithful dog stayed on guard at his ownerâ€™s grave in the yard of Greyfriars Kirk. Bobby kept this up for fourteen years until his death in 1872.
However during the time period animals were not allowed to be buried on “consecrated” ground. Bobby was instead buried inside the gate of Greyfriars Kirkyard, not far from his owner John Gray’s grave.
Luckily for people today, time has changed. With the rising popularity of owners seeking burials with their companion animals, our society now allows us the option to stay with our family members that including our pets.
Would you like to be buried next to your beloved canine?Â Let us know in the comment section.