Melancholy, Memory and Magic
HARTSDALE, NY — A pet cemetery near New York City is receiving international attention after being ranked as one of the world’s best places to rest alongside the Taj Mahal in India and the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt.
Hartsdale Pet Cemetery sits perched on a hill about 20 miles north of the Big Apple in Westchester County, NY. It’s a place that, to some, has long seemed like an unofficial “wonder of the world,” because of its size and significance.
Now the Lonely Planet guidebook company included it in its “2009 Best of Travel” book, one of the “Top 10 Places of Rest” around the world.
Here’s a bit of video on Hartsdale from youtube:
While Hartsdale Pet Cemetery does hold a certain Goreyesce cherm, I’m not sure why Lonely Planet selected it for their ‘best of’ series. If you’re looking for the ultimate goth dead pet fix, you absolutely must go to France to see the Paris Dog Cemetery (pouting that I don’t currently have the time or money to do so myself). The Paris Dog Cemetery or Le Cimetière des chiens d’Asnières-sur-Seine is not only the world’s oldest public pet cemetery, it may also be the most fascinating graveyard of any type in France.
Located just outside the city of Paris, the cemetery was born after an 1898 law was passed requiring that all dead pets had to be buried in hygienic graves a minimum of 100 meters from the nearest dwelling. Before the law, most deceased pets were tossed out with the trash or dumped into the Seine.
Le Cimetière des chiens is a situated in a long, narrow plot along the Seine where you can get lost among neat rows of tombstones and monuments dating from the late 19th Century to the present. It’s an eerily beautiful place made up of melancholy, memory — and if this video is any indication — magic.