Tuesday 23 July 2019

Never to be forgotten: pet owners gather for service of remembrance

Vet Pete Wedderburn with a photo of his dog Spot. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins
Vet Pete Wedderburn with a photo of his dog Spot. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

Dean Gray

Dozens of pet owners gathered for a special remembrance service for their departed furry friends.

Eurovision winner and animal rights campaigner Linda Martin and Husky cross Bane were among the congregation at the Unitarian Church in Dublin yesterday.

Also present was well-known vet Pete Wedderburn, who was there to remember his beloved dog Spot, and TD Maureen O'Sullivan, who remembered her pets Shane, an old English sheepdog, and Rusty, a mongrel.

The event was organised by Amanda Large, who lost her shih tzu Toby in 2017. She said a ceremony to mark the loss of a pet is important for owners.

"When a person dies, you get sympathy, empathy, you get support. But when an animal dies, for the most part, it's just a dog, people don't see it in the same light.

"People don't understand that you form these very strong attachments with an animal," she said.

Linda Martin with Bane, a Husky cross. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins
Linda Martin with Bane, a Husky cross. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins
Organiser Amanda Large, who lost her shih tzu Toby in 2017. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins
Organiser Amanda Large, who lost her shih tzu Toby in 2017. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

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