Wrythe Pet Cemetery

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Wrythe Pet Cemetery is a graveyard located on the southern side of Wrythe Public Park, in Wrythe, the capital of Austenasia. It was officially formed in late 2008 by order of Emperor Terry I, and is specifically for the burial of deceased pets of the Imperial Family. Flowers are placed on each grave every Pets Day (17 May) and on the yearly anniversary of death of the respective burial.

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Wrythe Pet Cemetery in its original state. Photograph taken 1 April 2009.
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Wrythe Pet Cemetery in its current state. Photograph taken 19 May 2017, to which that year's annual Pets Day maintenance of the cemetery had been postponed due to heavy rain.


History

At the time of the founding of Austenasia, three graves of deceased goldfish (one a joint burial with a crab) were scattered around the garden which became Wrythe Public Park. Emperor Terry I was given stewardship over Wrythe Public Park by Wrythe Town Council in late 2008, and he ordered that the three graves be brought together to form a single cemetery. This was done, two of the coffins being unearthed and reburied adjacent to the third, with the headstones and the shells and stones decorating the ground above the graves cleaned and also translated to the new site.

The graves often fell into disrepair and were periodically repaired. With the founding of Pets Day in 2010, the Cemetery is now fully repaired and the decorations cleaned every May, while minor repairs such as the removal of fallen leaves are carried out as and when required. With the burial of Alpha Primus (still-born puppy of Rose) in June 2010, a fox periodically attempted to unearth his coffin until the autumn of 2011, and as a deterrant against this a metal grate was sometimes placed over the cemetery. The Cemetery was sprinkled with holy water on 1 July 2012, blessing it as consecrated ground for burial.

On 17 May 2013, renovations to the Cemetery took place in order to free up room for a prospective future memorial to or burial of the ashes of Rose or Edd.

Space has been made by translating two of the coffins, those of fishes Daah and Flower, into the grave of goldfish Lovehearty II, reburying all three coffins inside a larger box. The coffin of bullmastiff Alpha Primus and the already shared coffin of crab Rodney and goldfish Woo-Woo were also reburied, translated closer together so as to make room for future burials. The Emperor stated that while it was “unfortunate that we had to actually move the coffins, this was done with the utmost respect. All the pets are now reburied, with their graves decorated by shiny shells and freshly picked flowers."

—"Pets Day commemorated", Austenasian Times. 17 May 2013.

The free space made in May 2013 was required a year later when Rose died from cancer. Her ashes were buried in the Cemetery on 1 June 2014 after a short ceremony attended by the immediate Imperial Family. The Cemetery was then full until February 2017, when wooden posts nearby were removed after rotting at the base. This new room was used for the burial of Edd later that year.

Burials

  • Joint burial - three coffins interred in a larger box.
    • 17 July 2008 - Lovehearty II: Goldfish.
    • 18 August 2008 - Flower: Goldfish, last of the large amount of goldfish deaths in summer 2008 and last burial before the founding of Austenasia.
    • 13 July 2009 - Daah: Orfe/Ide, most recent burial of a fish.
  • 17 August 2008 - Rodney & Woo-Woo: Joint burial of a crab (Rodney) and a goldfish (Woo-Woo), first burial to take place in what is now Wrythe Pet Cemetery.
  • 27 June 2010 - Alpha Primus of Carothan: Stillborn bullmastiff puppy, the first mammal burial.
  • 1 June 2014 - "Rose" Bramarley Paloma of Carothan (ashes): Urn containing the ashes of Rose, first Mascot of the Order of the Bullmastiff and pet of the immediate Imperial Family.
  • 25 April 2017 - "Edd" Hyerdunscar's Notorious Edd of Carothan (ashes): Urn containing the ashes of Edd, second Mascot of the Order of the Bullmastiff and pet of the immediate Imperial Family. Most recent burial.