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post #11 of 30 (permalink) Old 05-06-2011, 01:42 AM
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Alice is wearing his collar...when she was smaller it was looped around the cremation box. (He had lifelong separation anxiety and I couldn't send him away to be buried)
I couldn't stand the thought of the landshark killing the toys that he would keep intact for years...so they're on the shelf by his picture.
I'm so sorry for your loss.
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post #12 of 30 (permalink) Old 05-06-2011, 07:36 AM
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I kept Remo's favorite Frisbee, but I donated the others to a fellow volunteer in the rescue who has a Frisbee dog. I know that Remo would approve and I enjoy knowing that his Jawz Frisbees are being enjoyed by another rescue dog.

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Originally Posted by Emoore View Post
2 things I can think of with your departed dogs toy's: keep them for your next dog, or donate them to the animal shelter.
I donated everything except Dakota's orthopedic bed which I gave to my brother for his new puppy. I did keep the food bowls as they were plastic and the shelter preferred metal.

I kept his collar with his tags. I have it hanging on the corner of a picture of the two of us.

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So sorry for your loss

We buried Meeka with the one toy she always carried around. Kept her bowl and use it with our other dogs now. We keep her last collar in our curio cabinet next to a picture of her.

Hope you find a way that will bring some peace and healing for you, it is so hard to lose a best friend and have their things left behind.

I think the animal shelter idea is great


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As many times as I've said I am not going to get another dog for a while, I always end up getting another one and find pleasure in watching the new ones play with the old ones' toys.

My Morgan girl especially liked footballs, and none of my other dogs ever did. I have her footballs in a box in the garage. I like to see them every once in a while.

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Originally Posted by GSD_Xander View Post
That was my thought too.

Most importantly I would do what you are comfortable with.

Very sorry for your loss.
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I kept certain things from Baer and Drigon. Everything else, washed, sanitized and donated to the shelter.

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In most cases I always hang on to my last dogs stuff for the next dog. I still have leashes and collars from the 70's. I'm not cheap, more for nostalgic reasons.

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I put all my Jess's toys in her coffin with her when buried her under her favorite tree, so she could have them with her wherever she was going.
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We buried his favorite Orbee ball with his ashes and collar. I threw the old gummy Orbee balls and Kong away in a plastic bag. The rest of his toys are still in the black plastic garbage bag in the garage. We still have his harness that he did not wear very much, brushes, combs, etc. We are planning to get a small girl GSD rescue. I think we could use the harness with her and the other things. I think we will just save the toys where they are and maybe someday bring some of them out.
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