If Jacobsen's bill passes, not even death will part this cat and his doting owner.
Thanks to Stephen King, it's hard to consider the prospect of burying pets without envisioning undead cats terrorizing nice families in bucolic New England towns.
Maybe that's why it has been illegal to bury a pet with its owner in Washington since the state created cemetery laws in 1953. Hoping to change that, Sen. Ken Jacobsen (D-Seattle) introduced a bill that would allow owners and their beloved dogs and cats to be together for eternity.
Jacobsen originally introduced the bill last year. It stalled out in committee then, but thanks to a two-year legislative cycle, it has new life and is automatically reintroduced this week. Originally, the bill required cemeteries to allow people to be buried with their pets. Cemetery owners and funeral directors objected, and the new version of the bill makes it voluntary.
Russell Weeks, who operates cemeteries on Vashon Island and in Enumclaw says he's still concerned that the bill could hamper the wishes of the already dead, some of whom might not wish be buried anywhere near the remains of Mr. Snuggles. He says he would like to see pet burial limited to specially designated sections of a cemetery.
The bill ended last session with five of seven members of the Senate Committee on Government Operations & Elections giving it a "do pass" stamp. So it begins this session just a little closer to a floor vote in the Senate Rules committee.
Even if the bill passes, it only applies to cats and dogs (sorry, hamster/ferret/potbellied pig/pygmy goat owners). And the remains of the animal would have to be cremated first. After all, zombie pets might only exist in movies, but why take chances?