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Moveable casket, burial, taxidermy?
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12 November 2018 - 1:15 pm
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I don't have a lot to say yet beyond our questions... I'm working on a eulogy and might post it.  Our beloved dog passed away at home on Friday, surrounded by everyone.  We had just prayed for her.  Kids were a wreck, as were we.  Death is worth hating.  I thank God we didn't have to make the decision and that we all got to say goodbye.  It was the best possible way for this to happen.

We plan to bury her at home.  There is a local pet cemetery but we don't want to use it for various reasons.  We don't want to cremate.

The dilemma at home is that we will likely move.  We would like to get a casket that could be moved someday to a permanent location.

There are lots of sealed pet caskets online, but the decomposition process can cause pressure buildup and rupture it.  I understand human caskets have a way to vent gases and remain airtight to prevent this.  I haven't found an animal casket like that.

Does anyone have recommendations for something that would work for us?

Our other dilemma is that we have a taxidermist who preserved her amputated foot a year ago, and can do other parts (ears, tail, other feet).  It may sound weird, but saving her foot meant a lot to us, and has helped our kids in grieving already.  I wonder if preserving other parts would be helpful.  

The idea of cutting up the body is a little bothersome, but the reality is it's just a dead body... it's not her.  It turns out this is a semi-common thing, especially entire bodies.  I looked into preserving the entire body, through freeze dry or traditional mount, but have been sympathetically advised by a few taxidermists not to because you'll just keep seeing your dead dog.  The freeze dry has care issues and the mount will likely not look the same (sleeping is best pose and will be close but not perfect).

Obviously, this sucks.  Could you guys give me advice?  Specifically, I need to get a casket...

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12 November 2018 - 5:37 pm
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I am not knowledgeable about these things, and had never really considered this--thought-provoking.   I did want to say how sorry I am for your loss.  There are already so many questions at this time, hope you find a satisfactory resolution to all yours.

Fallon  8/28/06--9/6/18.  My Heart.

Fallon's left front leg was amputated due to osteosarcoma on 10/11/17.

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12 November 2018 - 5:51 pm
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We love you Bree💖💖💖💖💖

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We're  so sorry Bree's earthly  journey  has come to an end.  She fought so fought so hard fot her.   We know all too well how much you are hurting right now.  And oh how we wish we could  take your pain away.  Time, only time and the reemergence of all the gloriously  happy memories  you and Bree shared can help with the sadness.

I don't  have any specific  input into your question  about the casket you are seeking.  And please know, however you decide to honor Bree in her "after life form" will NEVER be weird to is in any way, shape or form!!!!   You are putting your heart and  Soul into this decision  and that is soooo loving and soooo beautiful.

I want to offer this as a possible option IF you are not able to find a casket that meets all your specific  needs.  As you mentioned,  our bodies co put off "gases", etc as we transition.  I remember snuggling into  Happy Hannah's fur shortly after she transitioned  so I could bring in her "essence" into my body and make her a part of me....a part of my breath... a part of my heartbeat....a part pf my being.   Make sense? 

So, if you do find a casket that completely  "sealed", you can plant a remembrance  tree, or  flowering shrub, or an ual blooming bulbs.  That way, should you not want ro take the casket with you when you move, you can dig up your tree (or whatever you plant) that actually has some  life affirming nutrients that were rooted in Bree's gifts to that plant as she changed form.

Tha k yiu fot rhe privilege  of getting to know this beautiful  Soul.  She is such a Beacon of Hope for anyone  starting this journey!  Yesterday another dog and her hoomans who refused to listen to "statistics ".

With love

Sally and My Chunky Spiritual Being Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too 

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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13 November 2018 - 10:50 am
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I am sooo sorry about Bree, you have my deepest condolences. You and your family loved her more than anything, I can only imagine how heartbroken you are and I wish I could help ease the pain somehow. 

You ask some interesting and difficult questions and my guess is that you're not the only one who has ever wanted to ask the community, so thank you for your courage to speak from your heart.

There is an association, the Pet Loss Professionals Alliance, that may be able to help with find you the kind of burial that you want for your sweet girl. I would be surprised if they couldn't point you in the right direction. If you don't see your questions answered, please reach out to them directly, they are really nice people, we met them at a conference.

Meanwhile, I reallllllly like Sally's idea of planting something that you can relocate or even graft a part of when you move. A plant expert can help you choose something that is easily relocated.

And there is also a lovely new item out there called a Cuddle Clone, which may be something that can help heal all of your hearts, especially your children. These stuffies bear a remarkable resemblance to the animal they were modeled after. Right now their cutoff time for items to arrive by Christmas is on 11/15.

I hope these ideas help. When you are ready to share more, and begin a virtual remembrance of Bree, we are here for you.

Our condolences are going out to you and your family across the miles. 

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13 November 2018 - 11:47 am
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Thank you all for the kind responses.  The stuffed animal version is brilliant.  We're planning to do that for our kids.  Our 4 year old is asking to sleep with the preserved paw from the amputation because she misses her dog.  Our 2 year old has already asked, "where's Bree Bree?" (we often used her name twice).  He saw her when she passed but he doesn't understand.

I know it helps many people, but I'm not sure the plant idea would be best for us or our kids.  Bree will be resurrected some day - not in some abstract spiritual sense - but in a new, physical dog-body.  I truly believe this.  Jesus conquered death, returning in physical form, and promises to restore that which has been lost.  God allows creation to suffer death so that it can "be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God," which is a physical resurrection  (Romans 8:20-21).

So I'm thinking an intact burial may be best (though I'm still debating this in my head), and in a way where we can move the grave itself at a later date.

I reached out to the pet loss group.  Hopefully they have a good solution.  Even some kind of casket that can be buried above ground (not sure of the term) could work.


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13 November 2018 - 1:34 pm
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Yes, certainly completely understand why the plant wouldn't  work. 

So maybe an "above ground vault" type encasing would work?  

Here's a picture of David with the Cuddle Clone he did of his beloved Rocky!  Those of us who were privileged  enough to get to know Rocky and his Dad, as well as treasured photos of Rocky, were absolutely  stunned in the best way at the likeness!!!   


Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

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Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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Those "clones" truly are wonderful.  We greatly appreciate the link.  I think it will be a perfect lasting tribute for the kids to enjoy.

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13 November 2018 - 3:16 pm
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org9o said
Those "clones" truly are wonderful... 

FYI: You can use the Cuddle Clones Coupon Code: TRIPAWDS for 10% off your purchase. And if you purchase from links in the Tripawds Gifts shop, a fraction of the proceeds will help support the Tripawds Community.

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |

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