Pets continue to have final resting spot in forest

Where do Tahoe’s animals go when they die?

For some, their remains are in the Angora burn area.

For decades before the 2007 fire, people had been burying their animals not far from the Gardner Mountain neighborhood. Although dogs are the primary pet of choice for those who live on the South Shore, other animals are buried in the forest.

Pet cemetery continues on in Angora burn area. Photos/Kathryn Reed

While this burial site on U.S. Forest Service land is technically illegal, the feds for now continue to allow this expression of grief, remembrance and closure to continue.

How long this pet cemetery has existed is not known. But the fire did not curtail the desire for humans to bury their four legged family members in the forest.

Some markers are new, while others are charred. Some are more elaborate than others. All are a symbol that life is fragile and that the dash is never long enough.

 — Kathryn Reed

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Comments (3)
  1. biggerpicture says - Posted: June 24, 2012

    There seems to be a variety of pet cemeteries around the South Shore. Many in places that were frequented by the owners and their deceased pets. I always thought it was kinda cool!

  2. earl zitts says - Posted: June 24, 2012

    All my deceased animals along with five ex-wives who died prematurely are buried on Angora ridge. Only the pets are marked.

  3. fromform says - Posted: June 24, 2012

    i have no problem with this ritual, as long as the corpses are cremated so plastics and other wrapping materials are not included in the burial process.