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In Memoriam – Fall 2019

Monumental Tales

The Fascinating Stories behind the World’s Pet Statues and Monuments

by Jackie Buckle


Around the world, there are thousands of pet statues and memorials with fascinating stories behind them. Some reveal insights into our social history, such as the little brown dog in Battersea that was a focus of suffragette riots. Others have wonderfully quirky origins, like the twenty-three cats of York: sculptures added to buildings designed by a cat-loving architect. Many more reveal tales of courage, loyalty, myth, and legend.

From Egyptian cat goddesses and the heroic dogs of war to search-and-rescue canines on 9/11 and Tombili the Turkish moggy who became an Internet sensation, this book brings together a selection of the most surprising, amusing and illuminating stories, complete with dozens of full-color photographs.


Anyone with an appreciation of pets, the varied roles they play in our lives, and the ways in which our relationships with them have evolved over time, should find much of interest in this book.

About the Author

For over twenty years Jackie worked for a national drugs charity. Currently she finds it rewarding to volunteer as a pet bereavement support worker for the Blue Cross. She has shared her life with many beloved pets over the years, including, at the moment, a very furry Finnish Lapphund! For more information about the book, please visit


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