Does WeHo Need a Posthumous Pet Policy?

Betty Buckley
Betty Buckley
Should West Hollywood, a city that this month is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its cat declawing ban, a city that shows dogs have rights by referring to their owners as “guardians,” a city that banned the sale of dead minks and other furry creatures as clothing, enact a pet burial ordinance?

Our question is inspired by the news that Betty Buckley, the Tony-winning actress and singer, secretly buried her dog, Rags, in the garden of the Chateau Marmont. The Yorkshire terrier’s interment, revealed by the New York Post, took place many years ago. Best Buckley remembers, the poor animal is rotting away under what used to be the big Marlboro Man billboard on Sunset. “We went out to the front, dug the grave . . . sang some hymns, and told Rags stories, and buried her there,” Buckley said.

No tombstone? No memorial? Not even the occasional bunch of flowers? We think Rag, born into riches, deserves more.

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chloe ross
chloe ross
9 years ago

Me too times 3. Cremation is a personal choice that can be made if the remains are to be kept. Or if you live in a place where a yard is available and it’s YOURS. How idiotic is a Pet Burial Ordinance? How typical of the city in its idea of itself as a “trendsetter”? And a self-important twee little group at City Hall that call the staff – just “staff” and believes honestly that the dais at City Hall is a five seat throne and not a public forum; one beholden to the residents for useful and needed improvements… Read more »

Isa
Isa
9 years ago

Snarky, thumbs up.
Jim, double thumbs up. The kind of in the asphalt/street built in flashing lights like they have in Pasadena is required! Money better spent than colored crosswalks that are only viewed best by helicopter not by walking. Lives better than illusion. The city already self congratulates itself enough already.

Jim
Jim
9 years ago

WE *NEED* LIGHTS ON THE CROSSWALKS TO PREVENT PEOPLE FROM BEING HIT AND KILLED BY BUSES

Snarkygal
Snarkygal
9 years ago

No we do NOT need a pet burial ordinance. The City is in our lives too much already IMHO. Let pet owners (notice I said owners, not guardians) decide for themselves how to dispose of their dearly departed. GET OUT OF OUR LIVES.

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