What do you do with your pets remains after they cross the bridge? - German Shepherd Dog Forums
View Poll Results: What do you do with your pet after they have crossed over?
I do not bring them home. 24 11.94%
I have the ashes in the house with me forever. 59 29.35%
I have my pets buried on my property. 82 40.80%
I have my pets ashes and when I pass will be buried with me. 28 13.93%
I haven't had to do this yet and dread the thought. 20 9.95%
I don't want to answer this. It just makes me too sad. 7 3.48%
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post #1 of 69 (permalink) Old 02-12-2011, 10:53 PM Thread Starter
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What do you do with your pets remains after they cross the bridge?

I know this sounds kinda morbid but after loosing my GSD Nitro this past summer I have wondered if I really did the right thing by not bringing his ashes home.
Myself and my parents never ever brought home ashes or the body home for burial.

My reason was that if I ever wanted to move I would have just about sick to leave their remains behind.
So our Vet has a crematorium on site and he says that the ashes are taken out to the back of his very large property and scattered.
So take a poll. What do you do with your pet after they have crossed the bridge.

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post #2 of 69 (permalink) Old 02-12-2011, 10:55 PM
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Cremated, in an urn and in my bookcase....

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post #3 of 69 (permalink) Old 02-12-2011, 11:14 PM
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ive yet to be in that situation. (not since my pug died from cancer when i was like 9 yr's old and i dont remember what was done)

But i know for a fact ill be cremating them and putting their ashes in an URN. My husband thinks im weird for that.... maybe i am lol but whatever<3

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I wanted to have Logans remains cremated, but he passed suddenly and I didn't have the money. He died with me at work. I teach riding lessons, and the owner of the barn buried him on the property for me.


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We own a piece of property that has been in my husband family for generations so our dogs are buried there. My husband digs the graves and has finally made headstones for all of them, including the cat.

The funny thing is, I was kidding around one day and asked him if he was going to make a headstone for me when I died and he said: "Won't need one. I'm going to have you cremated and throw you in the river!" What's wrong with that picture??
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Beau is buried on my parents property under her favorite tree. The property has been in our family for many, many years and will remain that way so she will be with us forever.

Stark however, will be cremated and I will either spread his ashes in our favorite hiking spots or keep them with me. Not sure yet.

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post #7 of 69 (permalink) Old 02-12-2011, 11:36 PM Thread Starter
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And I forgot to add that I lived next to my parents for 16 years and they lived in their home for 40 years so I basically have 35 years invested in between the two homes.
I did move after loosing both my folks a year apart. Just way too many memories there.

I am soo glad I didn't have to leave my pets there.
That may have prevented me from moving and regaining some of my sanity.

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Jake, Sheltie. 11
Dart, Border Collie. 8
Ranger, GSD. 1
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Nitro. GSD 1999-2010
Garm. Rottie 1990-1999
Mike. Border Collie 1988-2001
Dad 1928-2008
Mom 1929-2009
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I believe that dogs have a spirit. And when they go, that spirit passes to what lies beyond. The shell is only a shell, you can see that the spirit is gone from them when you look in the eyes. it is sad.

I made the decision that my house would be full of ashes if I kept every dog that I had that passes. So I decided to let the crematory keep the ashes from my first critter onward. I have a nice little memorial for each of them on my mantle piece.

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I lost my girl 11 months and 2 weeks ago today. I still have her ashes in my living room. I know her spirit is not in that box, her spirit went free that day I said goodbye to her, so I do not hold onto them to be close to her, it's just.....I have never had the urge to scatter them anywhere...I just keep them. Oneday the time will come I guess, my point is, do what feels right for you, there is no right or wrong. Precious and special memories for me, are the most important keepsake, and they are in my heart and soul, always with me, her ashes will remain with me also, for now.
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Meeka is buried on our property.

I always think how hard it is going to be to move from our house, leaving her here. Her spirit will always be with us, though.

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