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Old 04-02-2019, 05:43 PM
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What do you do with your pet's remains when they die?

I was surprised by a comment made during a conversation the other day. Maybe it's totally normal behavior. I don't know.


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Old 04-02-2019, 06:03 PM
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So far, I have my horse's ashes stored in a black plastic bag in the garage, my lizard buried in a flower bed, and my dog's ashes in a pretty can provided by the vet's office. I sprinkled a little of the horse in a favorite pasture, and I buried the lizard because he was small enough that paying for cremation seemed unnecessary, and a can of dog ashes is pretty small and unobtrusive.

Honestly, I don't know what to do with the horse because a horse makes a lot of ashes. Forty pounds worth. It turns out cremains aren't actually that good for mixing in with soil, which was my original plan, but tossing him in the garbage seems callous and there's far too much of him to sprinkle solemnly. So there he sits on a shelf in the garage.
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Old 04-02-2019, 06:07 PM
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Our cat’s remains are all in the containers we get from the vet. They are on the shelves in a cupboard. A friend plans to have hers buried with her when she dies. I haven’t really made any plans for ours. I am ok with them being on a shelf.
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Old 04-02-2019, 06:41 PM
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It might be because Iím Jewish, but I choose not to take my dogsí remains.

When my last dog died I got his paw print. None of my other vets did that. I really love having his paw print.
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Old 04-02-2019, 06:51 PM
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I have two cats buried in boxes in my backyard. Next to them I buried the ashes of our dear dog. Iíll probably have my two dogs cremated when they pass. The cats will most likely be buried in boxes like the others. Why the difference with cat vs dog? I really donít know.


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Old 04-02-2019, 07:04 PM
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A vet here owns a Christmas Tree farm and one of the options is cremation and then he spreads the ashes at the farm. So three cats have gone there. My very special little poodle is buried in the back yard under a tree. My family has always buried our dogs in the backyards. I lived on a farm growing up so there was a lot of animals buried in that back yard. Pigs, cows, dogs, bunnies, ducks, chickens, and a pair of red tap shoes that my sister hated and buried in the pasture and my parents could never find them.
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Old 04-02-2019, 07:18 PM
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My DH and I have chosen group cremation for each of our pets when they passed. I think we just couldn't handle having the reminder of an urn or memento constantly there for us to look at. For us, our feeling was that our memories were better in our hearts than in a memento. My mom has kept the ashes of her last few dogs and has requested that the ashes be buried with her when she passes.
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Old 04-02-2019, 08:46 PM
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I buried my last cat in my backyard. When my first two dogs died, there were no options as far as I know. They both were euthanized by the vet when it was their time, and the vet disposed of their bodies. My last dog's ashes were sprinkled in the places where he enjoyed playing (park, backyard) and walking (trail on the hill behind my house). I buried my tarantula in the backyard.

There used to be a pet cemetery not too far from where I live, with tombstones and all. It is now a huge office park.
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Old 04-03-2019, 01:36 AM
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For our first dog, we kept some of his fur that the vet clipped for us. Otherwise we choose not to take anything. We have their collars, tags, and photos. Thatís all we want.
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Old 04-03-2019, 02:05 AM
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I have a little urns for their ashes .


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Old 04-03-2019, 05:27 AM
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I assumed people let the vet deal with it or buried the pets in the backyard. MIL has her dog's ashes on her mantel.
That just seems strange to me (pet or human) but I guess it's not that out of the ordinary. She and I have different ways of dealing with death too, though. I am not a big memorial/visit the grave/"I know they're here with me in spirit" type of person. She didn't say it, but I got the impression that she looks at the bag of ashes (with a little angel on it) and talks to it.
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Old 04-03-2019, 05:49 AM
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I would leave them at the vet or sprinkle cremains.

I plan on burying my dog in the hole she dug in the back yard. She likes sitting in there and will be happy there, I believe.
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Old 04-03-2019, 06:15 AM
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Our cats are buried in boxes in the backyard. The kids put rocks on them as gravestones.
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Old 04-03-2019, 07:08 AM
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I have the cremated ashes in small boxes that are displayed on my dresser with pictures and stone footprints. My plan is to bury them in our backyard under a small wooden bridge. It's been two years since the loss of my last dog and I'm not ready to put the boxes in my backyard. My reason right now is that I want to make sure my pets are buried in the yard of my last home.
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Old 04-03-2019, 07:39 AM
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I keep collars and tags, but leave the remains with the vet.
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Old 04-03-2019, 07:41 AM
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I had to put my beloved dog, my baby, to sleep at the vet. I just let them do whatever they do with the bodies. I didn't ask, say, or dwell on that part of it at the time. I'm not the type to store ashes in my home forever and ever.
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Old 04-03-2019, 09:05 AM
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We do the group cremation. I have a picture of each cat on my dresser. I think it is illegal here in our area to bury pets.
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Old 04-03-2019, 05:47 PM
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We had to put our lab to sleep almost 6 years ago. My dh placed his urn on the night stand by our bed when we first received his ashes from the vet, they are still sitting there today. Our dog used to lay beside the nightstand and our bed every night. Dh sat him there for comfort at first and we just never moved his urn.The urn is a beautiful hand carved box. Our dd has his collar hanging from her rear view mirror in her car. Our other dog we had to put to sleep we buried in ds yard.
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Old 04-03-2019, 06:53 PM
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I have all of my pets ashes in nice boxes on top of a hutch in my living room. I plan to have them buried with me.
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