Dog Cremation

If you live with a beloved dog, cat, horse or other creature, you may have thought about what you will do when your adored friend passes away. This is a subject that we all have to deal with if we have animals in our lives.

This is a hard subject to discuss for some of us, myself included.
But as you watch your dogs age, you know that one of these days you will need to make a very important decision.
They seem to age so quickly, as their time on this earth is really very short. And if they become ill, sometimes they go down hill very, very quickly.

If you live in the country, on a farm perhaps, you may have a nice spot that you could set aside for a grave site for your pets.
But, if you live in the city, you probably won’t be able to have a private burial spot.

That is where cremation seems to be the only logical answer.

For me, cremation is the only choice, because the thought of possibly moving from this house and leaving my dearest pets remains behind, not knowing how they might be treated later on, makes me uncomfortable.
Let’s face it, sometimes we have a very strong bond with our dogs. And the thought of leaving them behind is unthinkable!

Pet Gravesite

So many of us have little or no back yards to have a small pet grave site, but you can probably place a marker for remembrance. Then when you have your pet cremated, you have the remains in an urn that you can display or keep privately for your eyes only.
There are many wonderful markers to choose from. Here are a couple that you may like………

This is a lovely marker.

If you don’t have a yard or you don’t want to place a marker in your yard, you may like to have a marker to display on a porch or deck. Or maybe you have a location in your home that you would like to have a marker.

Pet Cremation

Pet cremation is not as unusual as it once was.
You are no longer thought of as weird if you choose to do this.

You want to be treated with respect and dignity when making the arrangements. You should research for a pet crematory in your area.

When my oldest dog passed away, I choose to have him cremated.
But, since then, I have lost three other dogs and they have been cremated also.
They were all 14-15 years old. It was so hard to say goodbye.

The pet crematory that I took him to is set up much like a funeral home. Beautiful surroundings, soft music, caring staff. I was given information on coping with the loss of a pet and also a prayer book. This is never an easy time.
This particular crematorium works with my vet also, and after the first death, I could not go thru the funeral ordeal and my vet took care of sending them to the crematorium. They are treated with respect and dignity.

They are returned with a beautiful silk rose and a lovely carved box with their ashes and labeled on the bottom with name and date.
There are many memorial urns available.

I like the idea of being able to customize a memorial box. This might be something that you would like to display on a book shelf or mantel.

This is a lovely memorial box for larger dogs or cats.

We each deal with the loss of our pets in a different way.
This is a very personal feeling.
It can be devastating to some people.

There are pet loss training seminars offered by the International Association of Pet Crematories and the Association of Pet Loss and Bereavement.

This is a compassionate organization dedicated to helping those of us who seek grief counseling through its chat room talk and personal email assistance.

Sometimes, it can be a rather long road to over coming the loss of our dear companions.

Please make sure that the services are handled properly if your vet does the cremation for you.
Learn as much as you can about the services provided and the expenses involved.
Ask questions about the procedures and research the options for disposition of your pets.

And remember, this is a service for all pets, large or small, not just dogs or cats. Horses and llamas, too!

Check it out.
Cremation may be the most comforting of options for you in your time of grief.

I miss the wagging little tail,
I miss the plaintive, pleading wail;
I miss the wistful, loving glance;
I miss the circling, welcome dance

Henry Willet