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For bereaved pet owners in Los Angeles, there is a heaven on earth. Set on 10 tightly manicured…

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For bereaved pet owners in Los Angeles, there is a heaven on earth. Set on 10 tightly manicured acres in Calabasas, the 83-year-old Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park is the final resting place for more than 40,000 pets. And it’s not just dogs and cats sleeping the big sleep here: lizards, ferrets, goats, pigs, chimps, horses, and even Tawny, the lion who starred in the original Tarzan, are buried at the park (other celebrity residents include Hopalong Cassidy’s horse, Topper; Charlie Chaplin’s cat, Scout; and Rudolph Valentino’s dog, Kabar). Reading the inscriptions on the bouquet-adorned markers is half the fun—ahem—somber reflection. There’s E.T., “Our Furry Brother,” and Sir Pretzel Stick, whose engraved portrait with floppy ears resembles nothing like a pretzel. Some epitaphs are at once sweet and puzzling; Scooter, the cuddly looking cat, has an inscription reading, “The Protector.” Or there’s “In Memory of Freedom: My Pot Belly Pig, My Life ♥”. With its entertaining epitaphs and colorful flowers, the park is a cheerful enough place, considering. Sleep tight, Mr. Pickles.

Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park, 5068 N. Old Scandia Ln., Calabasas; 818-591-7037. The park is open Monday–Saturday from 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Dog-friendly!

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