German shepherd leads funeral hearse in honour of owner

Nostalgia - Vera
Nostalgia - Vera
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An elderly woman’s canine companion played a special part in her funeral by leading her hearse from the main road into the grounds of West Suffolk Crematorium.

Rosie, a nine-year-old German shepherd, was then led inside the chapel so that she could attend the service of her former Bury St Edmunds owner, Vera Florence Carter, who died July 11, aged 85.

Vera’s son, Paul Carter, said his mother’s funeral on August 1 was the first time a dog had ever led a hearse into the Risby crematorium.

He had asked for Rosie to be involved ‘in some way’ but was ‘really impressed’ with the special arrangements made by Abbey Funeral Service, in Bury.

He said: “It was a brilliant idea. It made everybody so pleased.”

“If mum had seen it, she would have loved it,” said Vera’s daughter Jenny Scott, adding that Rosie wore black socks to the service.

Vera was a mother of four, grandmother of five and great-grandmother of nine.