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Pet cemetery in Los Angeles suspends lawn care so people can decorate graves

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A Los Angeles pet cemetery suspends lawn care for a time during the year so people can put flowers on graves.
A Los Angeles pet cemetery suspends lawn care for a time during the year so people can put flowers on graves.

Many groundskeepers may have used lawn mowers in order to maintain the upkeep required on cemeteries, including those that act as the final resting places for pets.

However a recent story in the Los Angeles Times notes that the city's Pet Memorial Park stops lawn care for five weeks around the holidays so that pet owners can decorate the graves of their deceased pets. The cemetery acts as a burial ground for famous animals, including a dog owned by Humphrey Bogart and a cat that was a pet of Charlie Chaplin.

Marvin Rouillard, a 69-year-old resident of Winnetka, California, told the paper that the deceased pets still live in the hearts of their owners, which is why they decorate the graves. Rouillard has a number of pets buried at the cemetery, including a dog and a number of cats.

"It feels like they are still with us," Rouillard told the Times.

According to the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories, Los Angeles is not alone in having a final resting place for pets. The organization notes that there are more than 600 Pet Cemeteries that are active in the U.S.
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