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Old 11-07-2013, 06:14 PM
 
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Cremated. He's currently sitting on the shelf a few feet away from me. I like having him there. I call it his "shrine," although I'm always rather tongue-in-cheek about it. I don't think his shelf is macabre, and I don't dwell on it. But I like having him there still.

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Old 11-07-2013, 06:42 PM
 
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Cremated. He's currently sitting on the shelf a few feet away from me. I like having him there. I call it his "shrine," although I'm always rather tongue-in-cheek about it. I don't think his shelf is macabre, and I don't dwell on it. But I like having him there still.
That is a nice, solid looking monument.
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Old 11-07-2013, 09:02 PM
 
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Cremated. He's currently sitting on the shelf a few feet away from me. I like having him there. I call it his "shrine," although I'm always rather tongue-in-cheek about it. I don't think his shelf is macabre, and I don't dwell on it. But I like having him there still.
I have almost the same set up, including the paw print.

Thank you for your replies and my sympathies for your losses to everyone.
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Old 11-10-2013, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Canada
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Cremated. He's currently sitting on the shelf a few feet away from me. I like having him there. I call it his "shrine," although I'm always rather tongue-in-cheek about it. I don't think his shelf is macabre, and I don't dwell on it. But I like having him there still.
Niftybergin, I love what you did in your dog's honour. A very loving tribute.

I've never had a pet cremated. In the past the reason was due to the cost - they charge a small fortune here, it seems, and so I never considered having it done. If personal burial was an option, I would most likely choose to bury my pet on my property but, living in city, it's against the law.

My cattle dog mix, Kaya, died a year and a half ago just before her 16th birthday, and I chose to have her body buried by the vet. Several vet clinics here have a contract with a landowner in Quebec who collects the bodies of pets who have passed away and buries them on his acreage. I'm sure it's not a 'plot per dog' type of thing; most likely it's one large burial for several animals. My heart breaks when I think about it, and honestly...if I could go back and change anything with Kaya's passing, I wish I had chosen cremation. I should have. At the time of her death I was absolutely devastated with losing her and when the vet asked me what I wanted done with her body, I simply chose what I had in the past for previous pets without really considering the option. Truthfully, I was in such pain that once Kaya was gone, I wanted to get out of there and grieve in private, and so made a rash decision.

Of course I do remind myself that cremation is something which is done for the pet owner and the whole grieving process...what matters the most is the life that the owner and pet shared...but yeah, the one thing I regret that day was not choosing cremation.
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Old 11-10-2013, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Wartrace,TN
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I bury my dead friends in the yard.
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Old 11-10-2013, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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Had all 3 cremated. I knew I'd be moving from where they were when they died and want them with me. Yea, I know-not really them. I just can't convince me.
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Old 11-11-2013, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Hawaii/Alabama
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My beautiful boy died last Thursday; he was my Service Dog and we were an inseparable team for over 10 years. My heart is broken as is my DH's. He will be back home with us sometime this week. My DH has picked out a beautiful hand polished wooden box to hold his ashes. He will be on our mantle with his collar around the box.

Freedom had a silly flower pillow that he chose when we were in training to become a team and he will have his much loved flower with him forever.
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Old 11-11-2013, 04:31 PM
 
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My beautiful boy died last Thursday; he was my Service Dog and we were an inseparable team for over 10 years. My heart is broken as is my DH's. He will be back home with us sometime this week. My DH has picked out a beautiful hand polished wooden box to hold his ashes. He will be on our mantle with his collar around the box.

Freedom had a silly flower pillow that he chose when we were in training to become a team and he will have his much loved flower with him forever.

{{{hugs}}}
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Old 11-11-2013, 04:40 PM
 
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We bury ours. It's quite an endeavor digging six feet down. I find it ritualistically soothing. It provides closure.
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Old 11-11-2013, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Stuck in NE GA right now
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I live rural on 10 acres, I now have 2 dogs buried here.
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