Former Marton police officer and Hunterville farmer Richard Gower wants a cemetery just for dogs in the town.

"It would be a resting place for man's best friend, which I think a lot of people living in the town or the country would love."

Mr Gower said that after a loved pet dies and is buried out the back under a tree, some people move on and regret leaving their old dog buried in the yard.

His home town is appropriate: it's considered the home of the huntaway dog, and has a statue of a huntaway in Queen's Park.


It also hosts the annual Hunterville Shepherds' Shemozzle, he said.

"Not that I'm trying to make this a huntaway thing."

Several years ago, after having visited Corrigin, a rural Western Australian town, he found the Corrigin Dog Cemetery.

In 1974 it was originally the burial place of one man's dog, and then later a second local put his dog next to the first, he said.

"To celebrate the life of this dog, he made a grave similar to that of a human plot, complete with headstone.

"Now about 200 dogs are buried there and many elaborate graves have been designed.

Most have a plaque with the dog's name and its family. One reads "She was loved by heaps", he said.

The cemetery has become a huge drawcard for that town.


"It is listed as an important site for visitors by the local council, who manage the site."

A small committee in Corrigin felt a statue would also be a good attraction.
Funerals are held in the cemetery, complete with singing and eulogies.

Mr Gower liked the concept a lot..."so much so I decided my home of Hunterville really needed a dog cemetery too."

Last month Mr Gower made a proposal to the Hunterville Community Committee and the Rangitikei District Council that a dog cemetery would be a great addition to the area.

"I've had really positive feedback from both."

Mr Gower there is some council land in Hunterville seems to be a suitable site and appears to be available.

Mr Gower hoped a meeting last night at the Hunterville Town Hall would attract enough people to form a community.

"It would mean a lot if the cemetery went ahead. It would be for people all around the district, not just Hunterville."