By Rue Ford Strock. I am the step daughter of Major Victor Blochin. My mother Elizabeth Ann Blochin, Victor’s second wife of many years. I was never introduce as step daughter. I was his daughter he was my Papa & the only Grandfather my two children ever knew. It is only recently my son and I have become aware of the Aurora’s Woodland Pet Cemetery conflict.
No one knew my father better than I did. We corresponded every week with each other. His & Elizabeth Ann’s life was primarily dogs and the care of the breeding and showing their West Highland White Terriers, boarding dogs and the beautiful Aurora’s Woodland Pet Cemetery.
The Aurora’s Woodland Pet Cemetery was precious to them as it became as apparent as to the comfort it brought to the owners of their lost pets.
The grounds of Aurora’s Woodland Pet Cemetery were tended with love as weeds were pulled & flowers planted. Elizabeth Ann being of a social nature (very caring), would most often invite the owners of the pet’s into their lovely home for tea. Being born & raised in England this was a natural way of life for her.
This is what I know from letters I still have & personal conversations. After my mother was tragically killed by a car on Young St., Victor became more determined than ever to protect the property, including of course the Aurora’s Woodland Pet Cemetery. He wanted to find a way that the land would always be used for the betterment of animals lives, mainly dogs, having every chance of a new home before being put to sleep, in the most humane way.
Incidentally, Elizabeth Ann, my mother, represented The National Business Association at the Coronation of the Queen of England. Mother presenting an Oil Painting at the luncheon at the Palace from the Toronto Branch in Canada.
We have lots of pictures of Victor & Elizabeth if you wish to view them and of the Property in question. My heart felt thanks’ to all who have made so much effort to stop the proposed destruction of a such an historical land mark apart from the legal promise.
Rue Ford Strock
 Photo Submitted by Rue Ford Strock.