Pet cemetery
A cat's cemetery. (Photo supplied by Joanne Chrobot.)

This is not your usual lost dog story. This one is very telling about our society, says a zooarchaeologist who studies such things.

Joanne Chrobot can’t find her dog Chico. The small black spaniel-type dog died in 1997 and was buried in the pet cemetery behind the Cormack Animal Clinic in Mississauga.

Chrobot did not attend the burial. “It was too emotional for me to go there. I’m bawling just driving by [the clinic],” she said. 

But clinic staff told Chrobot that Chico was buried near the tree at the right-hand end of the cemetery, she says. She had purchased a large headstone and said she was assured by staff that it would be placed at Chico’s grave.

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Julie Carl has more than 30 years of experience in journalism, most recently as a senior editor at the Toronto Star. Julie started her journalism career at small-town Ontario newspapers. She then served...