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Celebrating the Animal  Human Bond

Beautiful Joe Heritage Society

Beautiful Joe Burial Site

beautiful joe burial siteBeautiful Joe Park is where I’m laid to rest. The Archaeological and Historic Sites Board of Ontario plaque at the site reads: "Beautiful Joe Born in Milton, Nova Scotia, Margaret Marshall Saunders (1861-1947) taught school briefly before starting her career as a novelist. Her second book, Beautiful Joe, achieved international recognition. Inspired during a visit to Meaford about 1892, it is based on the story of a dog rescued from a brutal master by a local miller, William Moore. This novel first published in 1894, appeared in several editions and enjoyed phenomenal success. It was printed in at least ten languages and seven million copies had been sold by 1939. Miss Saunders, who settled in Toronto in 1914, was awarded the C.B.E. in 1934 in recognition of her contribution toward securing humane treatment for animals." 

 In 2017, my friends at the Beautiful Joe Heritage Society added a footstone for me inside the wrought iron fencing that reads "Here Lies Beautiful Joe".  So many people had asked where I was laid to rest, that they thought it would be helpful for visitors to know that I was buried here in my backyard - which is now Beautiful Joe Park.


Enjoy reading and participating in my website and if you would like to tell us your animal companion story or volunteer for our Society we’d love to hear from you (you should see my tail wagging just thinking about it), please send us an email or friend us on Facebook,
or if you’re old fashioned like Margaret Marshall Saunders, you can write to us at:
Beautiful Joe Heritage Society
PO Box 3304, Meaford, Ontario, Canada N4L 1A5
Tel: (519) 538-5895 Email:

Beautiful Joe Heritage Society preserves and promotes the historical legacies of both 'Beautiful Joe' and
Margaret Marshall Saunders and celebrates the natural bond between animals and humans.