Have you ever noticed a pet statue or monument on your travels? If you are like me, you will have probably been rather intrigued by your find. In fact, around the world there are thousands of pet statues and memorials many 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.
This website compliments a book – hopefully to be published this autumn – which brings together a selection of the most surprising, amusing and illuminating stories. 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.
Some of these monuments help us understand the varied roles cats and dogs play in our lives, and the ways in which our relationships with them have evolved over time.
The publisher, Lutterworth Press has just launched a crowdfunding campaign to help us publish the Monumental Tales book. In addition, this campaign will provide funds for The Blue Cross who have been helping sick, injured and homeless pets since 1897.
If you can, please support our crowdfunding campaign here. The campaign includes lots of perks such as opportunities to obtain limited edition copies signed by Chris Packham, who wrote the foreword for the book, and even the chance to get a picture of your cat or dog in the book!
A few words about me
For over twenty years I worked for a national drugs charity and I still work in the drugs field. I also volunteer as a pet bereavement support worker for the Blue Cross. I have shared my life with many beloved pets over the years, including, at the moment, a very furry Finnish Lapphund called Lexi!
Here she is with her best friend, Lucy:
Header image: With permission and thanks from Purushottam Pawar – via flickr