Animal grave

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    Photo: William Arnett, 1998

Of the graves in her yard, some are entombments of her own pets, but most contain the remains of animals that she finds or are brought home by her dogs. She tends to the markers with the care she would give to the graves of her closest friends and relatives, and can even recite the contents of each. A group site includes "the newest animal, a baby beaver the dogs drug home, and there's a raccoon in there, too, with a armadillo and a possum." Sticks, pieces of concrete, and a machine part on a rectangular piece of tin mark "a grave full of armadillos and coons," and a similar marker covers "a woman's poodle down the street some dogs killed, in the grave with a coon 'cause they was both little."