No one wants to think about the fact that your pet may one day pass away; however, this is the reality of being a pet owner – we typically outlive them. While your pet is understandably a valued member of your family and trusted companion, it is always useful to think about what to do in the event that you do have to say goodbye to your pet. While many families may opt for burial, this may not be a convenient or even possible option for some. Thus, many pet owners decide upon cremation. Let’s take a look at how you can honor and remember your dog in this manner.
Why Do People Cremate Their Dogs?
There are many reasons that people may choose to cremate their dogs. One of the most common comes down to money. Cremation of pets is an economical choice as it typically costs much less than a burial. For many people, this is understandably and important consideration.
Additionally, with a growing desire for sustainability, cremation is the preferred choice for many who want to be environmentally sound. Burial in a pet cemetery takes up valuable space and is a less environmentally friendly option. Of course, in some locations, burial of pets are prohibited by law too.
Finally, with the reality that people often move, cremation provides an opportunity to take your beloved dog with you. In this manner, your pet never truly has to leave your home, resting upon the mantle or somewhere else with your family wherever you may go.
How Can I Memorialize My Pet This Way?
Once your pet is cremated, you have to decide what to do with the ashes. There are many things that you can do and each family needs to determine what the most ideal method is for them and their pet’s memory. Below are some popular options for how to memorialize your dog after cremation.
Scattering Ashes. A pet owner may decide to scatter their dog’s ashes at a place where the dog enjoyed, allowing them to rest there for eternity. This can include hiking trails, parks, lakes, or virtually any area. Some people scatter ashes in multiple places while others will scatter some and then keep others for their home.
Plant a Tree. If you would like a living memory of your dog, an option is to plant a tree with their ashes. Biodegradable urns are sold which allow you to plant a tree within. Ultimately, your dog’s ashes become the nutrients for the tree.
Custom Jewelry. Another option is to convert some of your dog’s ashes into custom jewelry. While this can be a more expensive item, there are places that can handcraft a bracelet, earrings, or necklace out of ashes.
Customized Ash Urn. One of the most popular options is to purchase an urn to keep inside to store your dog’s ashes. There are many options for this including an ash urn topped with a custom 3D printed dog bust or statue. This is obviously our favorite and one that we think you’ll love to help memorialize your dog.
Final ThoughtsDeciding upon the perfect way to memorialize your dog is a highly individualized decision. Only you and your family know the best choice to make. If you decide to choose to recognize your dog’s memory with a custom pet statue, we are pleased to help you make the most of your decision. We take care to ensure that you receive a replica that captures the essence of your dog using custom 3D printing technology. Feel free to contact us or take a look at our FAQ for more information on this option.