Dog cremations are becoming increasingly common among owners who have lost their loving companion. Instead of burying a dog in a pet cemetery that may or may not be convenient to visit, a dog’s ashes can be lovingly placed in a tasteful urn for display as a constant reminder of a dear friend who has left you physically, but remains in your heart. Some owners now opt to cremate their dogs and then have its ashes buried in a pet cemetery.
There are basically two choices when it comes to dog cremations:
1. The dog is cremated and the remains are returned in a box or urn to the owner for final use in whatever manner they choose.
2. The dog is cremated along with other dogs or pets, and the owner does not claim the ashes.
Whether or not you choose to keep your dog’s ashes is a personal choice and depends primarily on how comfortable you are with dealing with your dog’s remains and the memories attached to them.
Options for Ashes
If you decide to keep the ashes from your dog’s cremation there are several options you can choose from when finding a final resting place for its remains.
Many dog owners choose to purchase an urn to keep their dog’s ashes in. Some owners will display the urn prominently in their home while others will put it away in a quiet place. If you would like to have a constant reminder of your dog you can purchase an urn that features a photograph of your dog.
Some dog owners will choose to spread their dog’s ashes in a setting that reminds them of the favorite places they spent with their dogs. If you feel the ocean would be an appropriate final resting place for your dog, there are companies that will conduct burials at sea for the cremated remains of pets.
Many pet owners choose to cremate their dogs and then bury the ashes in a cemetery in order to have a specific location where they can visit and grieve for the loss of their pets. Some pet cemeteries will conduct a memorial service if you wish, giving you the closure of a burial while still allowing you to choose cremation for your pet.
Here is a beautiful poem about dogs by Ben Hur Lampman, first published in the Portland Oregonian newspaper on September 11, 1925
THE BEST PLACE TO BURY A DOG
“There is one best place to bury a dog.
“If you bury him in this spot, he will
come to you when you call – come to you
over the grim, dim frontier of death,
and down the well-remembered path,
and to your side again.
“And though you call a dozen living
dogs to heel, they shall not growl at
him, nor resent his coming,
for he belongs there.
“People may scoff at you, who see
no lightest blade of grass bent by his
footfall, who hear no whimper, people
who may never really have had a dog.
Smile at them, for you shall know
something that is hidden from them,
and which is well worth the knowing.
“The one best place to bury a good
dog is in the heart of his master.”
You will always have the final choice of what you wish to do with the ashes when your dog is cremated. If your pet is older, it might be a good idea to make your decision before your loving pet leaves you for good.
The beautiful Rainbow Bridge Urn pictured here is available at www.pawsmemorialurns.com