How should you remember a dead pet – with Latin, fireworks or freeze-drying?

An Oxford lecturer has begun a business writing Latin poems for dead pets. For the less cultured, there are other unusual ways to remember them

Being publicly clever is still prized in Oxford – so much so that it has now spread to pet memorials. John Davie, a lecturer in classics, has set up a business, Dead Pets Society, writing Latin verse to commemorate domestic animals. “By using the elegiac metre, I’m putting myself in a linguistic straitjacket,” Davie says. “It’s like a love poet in a sense, like John Donne or Andrew Marvell, writing in verse about something that burns them up inside. It’s therapeutic and at the same time shows respect and strength of feeling.” With poem, translation, calligraphy and transfer to vellum, the whole thing will set you back about £150. Not every pet memorial is as cultured, but many are just as far out. Here are some of the options:

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Source: theguardian
How should you remember a dead pet – with Latin, fireworks or freeze-drying?