Pet Cemetery

Powerscourt's Pet Cemetery
Powerscourt’s Pet Cemetery

Ever have a pet cow?  Ever have two pet cows?  Ever bury a cow in a pet cemetery?  Ever bury two cows in the same plot in a pet cemetery?  (Geez, can this story get any more weird?)

I discovered this pet cemetery prominently situated on the 47 acre grounds of the Powerscourt Estate, located near Enniskerrey, County Wicklow, Ireland.  For us Yanks, we’d say it’s a little south of Dublin.  Built in 1741, this estate is now a tourist attraction of beautifully landscaped gardens.  It is presently owned by the Slazenger family, which explains the exclusive golf course on the grounds.

It is a large cemetery (I guess it would have to be if you’re going to bury cows) with lots of interesting head stones.  Some were simple, like 1st line, “Jack” in large letters, 2nd line,”Cocker Spaniel” in slightly smaller letters, and 3rd line, “DIED  31st  AUG.  1922” in all caps, but much smaller letters.   Others were more elaborate like the one for cows, Eugenie and Princess, above.   And I thought I’d seen everything.

Thought for the Day:  We call them dumb animals, and so they are, for they can not tell us how they feel, but they do not suffer less because they have no words.              Anna Sewell,  author of “Black Beauty”, 1877.

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