Hyperallergic has a list of the odd fates that befell a few pets belonging to big names in the arts. Longtime Museum friends will have seen a couple before (Goldfleck the Lion, anyone?) but I really hadn't heard - and didn't expect - Le Corbusier's memorial to his dog. Well, wait. We ARE talking about Le Corbusier here. I shouldn't rule out anything. (No pets harmed - this is all postmortem.)
List is here.