Monterey, CA, August 21, 2019 — Pet owners are invited to bring their pets to be blessed when the new Pastures of Heaven pet memorial park hosts its inaugural Blessing of the Animals on Oct. 5 at its hilltop park in Monterey.
The event is free and open to the public and will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, at Pastures of Heaven, 3021 Monterey Salinas Highway, in Monterey. Rev. Roy J. Shelly from St. Joseph’s Parish in Spreckels will be doing a special Blessing of the Animals at 1:00 p.m. at Pastures of Heaven.
The event will include food and beverage and a brief blessing of the assembled pets. Participants can also take tours of the property and discuss various options for plots and burials.
“I love pets more than I love most people; their love is unconditional, but unfortunately, the day will come when we all have to face the inevitable, the loss of our pet. Seldom are the pets that meant so much in our lives remembered for all the loyalty, love and comfort they give us, and after we move on it’s like they never existed. We wanted to create a place where the memories of our pets and the important role they played in our lives will live on forever. That’s what Pastures of Heaven is all about. This place is nicer than most human cemeteries which is a fitting return for all the joy and love we get from our furry friends.”
“The idea is to celebrate the lives of our pets in a beautiful location. We have a mile worth of walkways, views of the valley and Monterey Bay, a grove of 300-year-old oak trees, materials from a local quarry and redwood fencing made from old-growth redwoods from Mendocino. It looks more like a winery than a cemetery. It’s a beautiful place and I wouldn’t mind being buried here myself one day.” said co-owner Dean Rodatos.
Rodatos and his wife Amanda Serradell, who have a background in land development, have been working on the memorial park for the past three years. When they first saw the property they were told it was going to be developed into an office complex, but they had other plans.
“We had to save this place from development," said Serradell. "It's a very unique property with a special energy people can feel the moment they walk in. Our goal was to preserve the land and offer a beautiful environment for pet owners to honor and celebrate their pet's lives.”
Helping the couple at the Blessing of the Animals will be their own pet, a 3-year-old half-Chihuahua, half-Yorkie (or “Chorkie”) rescue dog named Tallulah, named after the early-1900s actress Tallulah Bankhead, who was known for husky voice, big eyes and outrageous personality.
“Tallulah has found her calling at Pastures of Heaven, where she makes sure all the walking paths are enjoyable for a walk, and ensuring each visitor is met with a wagging tail and friendly bark,” said Serradell. “It is so rewarding to see her joyful spirit and confidence grow.
Tallulah aka “Monkey” because of her comedic antics, went from living off discarded food in the dumpsters of Oakland to living the good life in Pebble Beach thanks to Hopalong Animal Rescue, who saved Tallulah from an uncertain future, got her healthy and into a loving home. Tallulah, will serve as pet ambassador for Pastures of Heaven.
About Pastures of Heaven
Pastures of Heaven pet memorial park is located in the pristine beauty of the Monterey Peninsula, and is dedicated to celebrating and honoring your pets unique life and memory.
Nestled on 3 acres of private oak jeweled land with expansive vistas and countless areas of reflection and peace, the memorial park is truly the first of its kind. We offer in-ground burial plots with amazing views, beautiful columbarium niches for cremated remains, engraved pavers, dedication benches and trees, as well as statuary and other customizable options to uniquely pay tribute to your beloved companion.
Whether you have cremated remains from previous pets or want the peace of mind of knowing your current pet will have an eternal home when they depart, our memorial park will provide you with the security of knowing your pet's memory will live on forever.
The park is now open by appointment only and will be open to the public soon.
Thank you for visiting PasturesofHeaven.com, we look forward to seeing you soon!
Go to PasturesofHeaven.com for more information.
Pastures of Heaven Pet Memorial Park
3021 Monterey Salinas Hwy, Monterey CA 93940
Open to public Saturdays only 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Marci Bracco Cain
Salinas, CA 93901