The Corrigin Dog Cemetery was established in 1974 by Paddy Wright following the death of his best mate Strike. It is the final resting place for over 80 well-loved pooches. If you feel like having your heart strings tugged, it is definetely the place to go. Honestly, you'd have to have a heart of stone not to be touched by this slightly wonky pet cemetery, in the middle of the bush.
Our little wander through the cemetery was quite a sniffly one, although I have to admit, our own loyal pooch, the Jedster, didn't show quite the same reverence and respect for his dearly departed doggie "brothers" as we did...he happily cocked his leg on more than a few of their graves (much to the girls dismay..."Muuuum, Jed's weeing on Shep's grave!")
Here are a few graves I found particularly touching
(got your tissues ready?)
Paddy's best friend Strike, the hound who started it all...
Rusty, faithful companion, loved by all who met him. Awwww.
This is Lassie's grave (not as famous, but just as loved as his namesake)
just the name was enough to start me blubbing
sometimes words aren't necessary...
is it o.k. to admit I like the tiles on this one?
and the concrete mosaics on this one?
I hope she is...
The last grave I'll show you is very special. It belongs to
faithful, loveable Rob and his master Reg. I can only presume Reg's ashes were scattered on Bob's grave by his family. The headstone reads: Finally at peace now. Resting with his old mate and friend Bobby. I bet that has you reaching for your tissues.
I'll return on a less sombre note to share more of our trip in a few days x
p.s. Corrigin is 235km South-East of Perth. More info here