The Mirror will begin publishing obituaries of pets next month. Pet obituaries will be published weekly each Monday, with a tentative launch of July 16. "Judging from the reaction we've received over the years on stories about animals, along with the events the Mirror has sponsored, we know this area is especially passionate about their pets," said Mirror Managing Editor Neil Rudel. "We thought this would be a way to help dignify the passing of the family pet, along with bringing added readership to the Mirror." Beginning June 26, the Mirror pet obituary desk will be staffed weekly on Tuesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. by Joan Thompson, who can be reached at 946-7453.