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Kahnman
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Username: Kahnman

Post Number: 1
Registered: 02-2006
Posted From: 66.15.63.91
Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 1:59 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hello,I'm a long time lurker and first time poster with a dilemma. I lived in Detroit from 1965-1971 and then in Grand Rapids from 1971-1986.
Moved to Seattle in 1986 and have been here ever since.
I still keep in touch with my hometown through sites like this one and detroitfunk and read the freep online.
A couple of days ago (2/20/06) the freep ran this story :
http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs .dll/article?AID=/20060220/NEW S03/602200366/1001/NEWS
about a long forgotten pet cemetery that was discovered in the path of "progress". It's in Lyon township at the southwest corner of 11 Mile and Milford Rd and sounds like an incredible place.
Now, the developer claims they will preserve the place but I have my doubts. Would someone on this board be willing to go there and photodocument the place? I would love to see the photos either posted online or emailed to me if no one else cares about it. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Pam
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Username: Pam

Post Number: 103
Registered: 11-2005
Posted From: 67.107.47.65
Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 2:24 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I could do it. I don't live too far from there.
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Kahnman
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Post Number: 2
Registered: 02-2006
Posted From: 66.15.63.91
Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 2:32 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Great, Pam! Thank you for your willingness to do it. Ironically, I used to live on 11 mile in Novi by Grand River but never ventured that far west(being only 7 years old at the time).
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Pam
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Username: Pam

Post Number: 104
Registered: 11-2005
Posted From: 4.229.72.233
Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 6:02 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Kahnman: I stopped on my way home and took some pics with a disposable. Will be a few days for developing.
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Goggo
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Username: Goggo

Post Number: 171
Registered: 11-2003
Posted From: 64.136.49.226
Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 10:10 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'd like to know what happened to the bronze German Shepherd that stood atop the war dog memorial there.

The last time I stopped there, about 20 years ago, the cast concrete markers were fairly illegible. I do remember a newspaper item years ago stating that several pet owners were trying to force the very elderly owners to clean it up. I hope that the news coverage doesn't attract idiots like the ones that trashed the place in the 70s.
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Johnnny5
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Username: Johnnny5

Post Number: 163
Registered: 06-2005
Posted From: 71.227.95.4
Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 11:25 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Damn, I live just a couple miles for this place and never even knew it was there.
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Kahnman
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Username: Kahnman

Post Number: 3
Registered: 02-2006
Posted From: 71.112.218.109
Posted on Friday, February 24, 2006 - 3:23 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Pam, let me know what it cost you for the photos. I really appreciate you taking the time to do this. I'm curious, what is the general "feel" of the place? Is it basically a war memorial for service dogs as the article alluded to our could anyone bury their dog there?
Goggo, thanks for the info. Do you have any vintage photos of the place?
Anyone else have a story to share about the cemetery or have a pet buried there? I find these kind of "time capsule" places fascinating to research and usually find them to be quite a moving experience.
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Pam
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Username: Pam

Post Number: 105
Registered: 11-2005
Posted From: 4.229.12.61
Posted on Friday, February 24, 2006 - 6:15 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Kahnman- don't worry about the cost.
There was one large marker for service dogs but most were definitely for "civilian" pets.
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Pam
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Username: Pam

Post Number: 109
Registered: 11-2005
Posted From: 4.229.72.210
Posted on Sunday, February 26, 2006 - 6:52 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Kahnman: Can you post your email so I can contact you about getting you the pics?

I tried to post one but it didn't work.

(Message edited by Pam on February 26, 2006)
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Psip
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Username: Psip

Post Number: 1041
Registered: 04-2005
Posted From: 69.246.13.131
Posted on Sunday, February 26, 2006 - 7:31 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Pam, I think many of us would like to see these pix, I would be happy to resize and post them for you.
Send them via email. (click on my name)
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Pam
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Username: Pam

Post Number: 110
Registered: 11-2005
Posted From: 4.229.90.204
Posted on Sunday, February 26, 2006 - 8:13 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Psip- maybe you could give me some "resizing for dummies" tips and I could do it myself?
:-)
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Psip
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Username: Psip

Post Number: 1042
Registered: 04-2005
Posted From: 69.246.13.131
Posted on Sunday, February 26, 2006 - 9:25 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I will try, Pam, the size can be no larger the 550 x 550. what ever program you are using, set those number to be the max pix size. I know its easy in photoshop when you save for web, you can set the size. Also, save as a jpeg. with a high compression. that will keep the pix small.
I am sorry, i dont know exactly how the other programs work.
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Pam
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Username: Pam

Post Number: 111
Registered: 11-2005
Posted From: 4.229.81.15
Posted on Sunday, February 26, 2006 - 9:37 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Psip-I don't have photoshop so I will email you some, thanks for the help.
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Psip
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Post Number: 1043
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Posted From: 69.246.13.131
Posted on Sunday, February 26, 2006 - 9:59 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Posted for Pam:
Pet 1

A close up of the inscription
Cem 1A

Cem 2
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Psip
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Post Number: 1044
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Posted From: 69.246.13.131
Posted on Monday, February 27, 2006 - 12:12 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Pam sent some more photos:

Cem 3

cem 4

Cem 4a

If anyone would like a close up of any marker, let me know.

Cem 5
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Psip
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Post Number: 1045
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Posted From: 69.246.13.131
Posted on Monday, February 27, 2006 - 1:25 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

For some reason, this one touched me. We had a Skippy and he was a rascal.
Skippy
Of course this was a cat, but he/she had a long life
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Pam
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Username: Pam

Post Number: 112
Registered: 11-2005
Posted From: 4.229.81.139
Posted on Monday, February 27, 2006 - 5:50 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks Psip!

Kahnman- I could send you the rest via regular mail. Post your email so I can contact you.
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Kahnman
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Username: Kahnman

Post Number: 4
Registered: 02-2006
Posted From: 66.15.63.91
Posted on Thursday, March 02, 2006 - 6:45 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Wow! Thanks Pam. I was away from the computer this past week and just touched base today. You can contact me at jfaulk_coe (at) hotmaildotcom. I am assuming you can decipher the email address.

Great pictures and thank you for posting them for everyone.

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