Oh geesh I went back and enlarged the pic to see it's eyes, it looks like a dog that's been ran over and smashed flat!! That's not how I want to remember any of my dogs!!
We have ashes in boxes here, from past dogs who've passed away. To me, it was a bit creepy doing that but we have moved so much (and had to leave dogs behind at past residences) I wanted to keep them with me...it's still a bit creepy. I mean each dog has their own box.
Geez. I need coffee.
That rug is mortifying. To me it looks like a dog that just got run over by a steam roller. Kind of funny in a morbid way; not how I would want to remember my best friend.
I don't bury animals unless I have to and I don't keep ashes. My belief is that once the life has gone, the body is just an empty shell. I've always had the vet handle it and I'm aware that dead pets go to the local rendering plant. The way I see it, it's just matter being recycled. When I die, I don't want to be buried or cremated either. I'd love to be thrown out onto the African savannah and have wild animals eat me, but I don't think that's plausible.
I have jokingly thought of making a hat or scarf out of my Ocicat when he goes, just because his pelt is so fabulous, and he would approve of becoming a fashion accessory.