Endearing Epitaphs in America's Oldest Pet Cemetery

Founded in 1896, Hartsdale Pet Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York, is the oldest pet cemetery in America. It has seen over 80,000 internments, and there are rows and rows of monuments to beloved pets to explore. The NYC Obscura Society recently took a tour, and recorded some of the more interesting epitaphs to share. The stone above paraphrases a quote from artist B. Kliban.

Many of the graves, once purchased, are used for more than one pet. This family apparently liked the name Flossie. Read about the cemetery, and see plenty more gravestones at Atlas Obscura.

(Images credit: Allison Meier & Dylan Thuras)

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My grandfather was an odd one. He married his first wife (my nana) named Mary. After she passed he went to the 'old country' and married another woman named Mary. He had a pet parakeet named 'Petey-boy'. When it died he got another parakeet and named it 'Petey-boy'... I guess it takes less effort to learn new names, eh?
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I dunno, one and two lived good long lives. Maybe it was a good luck name!

Or most likely, they just found themselves calling the new cat by the old cat name, and went with it. My grandparents had a chihuahua named Cricket for about thirty years before I realized it wasn't the same dog all that time.
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