First-person accounts from off the beaten track, as told to Anne Ford

“Illinois Pet Cemetery is the oldest pet cemetery. It’s a family-run business, started in 1926 by my grandfather. He got the idea during the first world war, when he saw one in France. He got killed in a car accident in 1930, two weeks before my father was born, while he was out selling a headstone. The steering wheel went through his chest. At the time of his death, he had a pet ambulance service and a pet newspaper, the Pet Lover’s Review. He also sold pet insurance.