Gallery | Pet cemetery in Rubonia

February 10, 2014 

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Just off heavily traveled U.S. 41, a two-lane road cuts through Rubonia, a small town that can be missed in a blink of an eye. There, a small quiet plot of land is filled with small monuments marking the burial sites of loving, big hearts. Not of aunts or uncles, or even grandfathers or mothers, but of four-legged family members. Their small bodies have been laid to rest, but their memories are still alive. Companions Memorial Park and Pet Cemetery, 7777 Bayshore Road, offers pet owners a palette to express their final goodbyes. Some simple, such as Misty's "Loving Friend," to Fish Glass' "She wiggled her tail with happiness." Others include "Good Boy Rusty," "Hey Bubba we love you," and "See you at Rainbow Bridge." Too many to mention here, but each expresses the emptiness left behind with the loss of a loved pet. A tribute to two small dogs, Kiyu and Miko, says it all, so to Venny, Gismo, Rufus, Jasper, Sugar Bear, Winky Dinky, Sam I Am, and countless others: "You left footprints on my heart that will never fade away." By GRANT JEFFERIESgjefferies@bradenton.com

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Just off heavily traveled U.S. 41, a two-lane road cuts through Rubonia, a small town that can be missed in a blink of an eye. There, a small quiet plot of land is filled with small monuments marking the burial sites of loving, big hearts. Not of aunts or uncles, or even grandfathers or mothers, but of four-legged family members.

Their small bodies have been laid to rest, but their memories are still alive. Companions Memorial Park and Pet Cemetery, 7777 Bayshore Road, offers pet owners a palette to express their final goodbyes. Some simple, such as Misty's "Loving Friend," to Fish Glass' "She wiggled her tail with happiness."

Others include "Good Boy Rusty," "Hey Bubba we love you," and "See you at Rainbow Bridge." Too many to mention here, but each expresses the emptiness left behind with the loss of a loved pet. A tribute to two small dogs, Kiyu and Miko, says it all, so to Venny, Gismo, Rufus, Jasper, Sugar Bear, Winky Dinky, Sam I Am, and countless others: "You left footprints on my heart that will never fade away."

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