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Thread: Pet Ashes...What do you think?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Usually in my own little world...

    Pet Ashes...What do you think?

    I have ashes at my house from my cat Kit Kat in one urn and ashes from my Black Lab Herbert T. in another urn. I still have to pick up Casey's ashes from the vet's office. has been almost two months!

    Here is my question. I have seen a lot of really nice urns online. Do you think it would be wrong to get one large urn and put all 3 pets' ashes in one? Please be honest because this is just a thought I had and I have no clue if it would be a bad idea.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    It's a good idea, I just can't imagine doing it!

    I have the ashes from 2 dogs and 3 ferrets now.
    Gayle - self proclaimed Queen of Poop
    Mommy to: Cali and Diego (nine year old kittens)
    (RB furbabies: Rascal RB 10/11/03 (ferret), Sami RB 24/02/04 (dog), Trouble RB 10/08/05 (ferret), Miko RB 20/01/06 (ferret) and Sebastian RB 12/12/06(ferret), Sasha RB 17/10/09 (border collie cross)

  3. #3
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    May 2008
    I see absolutely nothing wrong with it, but I personally would keep the ashes separate. I believe that I would like to be able to tell everyone apart... you know? I can't say that for sure, though... as I only have one cremated pet. I suppose if you kept the ashes each in their own little bag in the urn then telling them apart wouldn't be as much of a problem.

    I guess I think too much into it!

    I am glad to hear of some other PTers who keep their pets' ashes. When people find out that we have Frisk's ashes they sometimes don't know what to think...
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    {The Dog: Towser & Raiden} {The Cats: Khaith, Martha, Adelaide, Snowball, & Floki} {The Bird: Gir}

  4. #4
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    Oct 2003
    I think it's a wonderful idea!

    We have pet ashes (7) buried all over the back yard, complete with markers. I put the ashes in a Tupperware or Rubbermaid container, with a lid. I enclose a laminated photo of the animal and a copy of The Rainbow Bridge poem.

    A couple of my cats are buried in multiple areas. One grew up next door - when they moved, she stayed with us. So when she died, I asked the current neighbors if they would mind if I mixed a teaspoon of Bernadette in the herb garden. Fortunately, they are cat owners - so there's a little bit of Bernie where she grew up.

    BTW, when my husband and I die, we want to be cremated and have our ashes mixed together.

  5. #5
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    May 2002
    Ploss's Halfway House for Homeless Cats
    Absolutely!!! I didn't do that with Mollie Rose's and Casey's ashes because they each have urns. But I do think it's a great idea.

    When I die, I've put it in my will that all my cats ashes will be combined with mine and scattered at Bolton Lake.

    My friend got the most beautiful urn I've seen. It's carved wood and has a spot for Sassy's picture, and it plays music that plays "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". You can find alot of good things like that online. That's where Steph got hers.

    Rest In Peace Casey (Bubba Dude) Your paw print will remain on my heart forever. 12/02
    Mollie Rose, you were there for me through good times and in bad, from the beginning.Your passing will leave a hole in my heart.We will be together "One Fine Day". 1994-2009
    MooShoo,you left me too soon.I wasn't ready.Know that you were my soulmate and have left me broken hearted.I loved you like no other. 1999 - 2010See you again "ONE FINE DAY"
    Maya Linn, my heart is broken. The day your beautiful blue eyes went blind was the worst day of my life.I only wish I could've done something.I'll miss your "premium" purr and our little "conversations". 1997-2013 See you again "ONE FINE DAY"


  6. #6
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    Nov 2006
    We have DJ (Bruce's Cocker) and Taz on the shelf along with our pictures and things. We kept the cards we got from the vet office and DJ's collars and a toy.
    My sister has 4 boxes up in her old room at my parents house of all her dogs. They were at my parents when they went to the bridge so they are all together in her room.
    Personally, I wouldn't mix them together. But that's just me. I don't see anything wrong with doing it, I just wouldn't want to. I like having their own separate places.
    When my brothers dog died this past May they had him cremated only because the ground was too hard to dig a grave for him. So when the ground softens up they will bury his ashes along side his buddy, Digger, who passed several years ago. They live in the country with acerage, that's why this is possible.
    Our goal in life should be - to be as good a person as our dog thinks we are.

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  7. #7
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    Sep 2007
    Delaware, USA - The First State/Diamond State - home of The Blue Hens
    I think it's just a matter of what you feel is the right thing for you. I personally don't believe that there is a right or wrong way to handle it.

    I have the ashes of all my RB kids. My 3 Siamese are in one cedar box, but in separate plastic bags. I have 2 other cats that have separate containers, and my 3 Lhasas, my terrier, and my son's GSD are all separate.

    When I pass on, I will be cremated and all the pet ashes will be mixed with mine, and we will be scattered in the ocean. If I pass before my furkids that I have now, then the ocean journey will wait until they are able to join me and the rest of the crew.
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  8. #8
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    Oct 2005
    Central NY
    I don't think there is anything wrong with that. Sassy's ashes are one our hutch in the kitchen with a nice picture on top. It was what we got from the crematory, a beautiful wooden carved box with flowers on it, and "sassy" on a brass plate. I have seen urns where you can get pictures of the pets painted on it. Maybe you can do that so you know which one of your babies are in the urn.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    I personally don't think I'd want to mix mine, maybe separate bags in the same container, but it's up to the individual. I think you should do what ever makes you more comfortable.
    Forever in my heart...

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Usually in my own little world...
    Thanks everyone. I would keep them each in their separate bags if I put them in one container. Still not sure what I will do. Thanks again.

  11. #11
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    Oct 2009

    I suggest bury it in your own backyard

    That's what exactly I did and I have peace of mind. I can easily visit the place and there would always be room for others.

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  12. #12
    Join Date
    Dec 2000
    Kensington MD USA
    Each of my RB dearhearts are in a small wooden carved box... with a small "charm"-like dog or cat attached to a lace ribbon sent by the crematorium (sp?) ... (I have often thought that I should have had my husband taken there my son was at first appalled but then understood) We have discussed taking the dear little boxes and burying them in a spirit circle in our yard. I own the house and would never sell it.. it will go to my son. I wish to be part of that circle when I go. I have never discussed this before. Now I'm embarressed to even mention it
    ~ at least I'm not...

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Ellicott City MD
    There is no reason to feel embarassed or strange about anything you decide. It's your relationship with your pet. I, personally, have none of the ashes of my animals. That's my decision. They're in my heart forever.

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  14. #14
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    Oct 2006
    Well I have never had any of my animals cremated we've always buried them so I wouldn't really know, but I guess I might as well give my opinion and say that I don't see anything wrong w/ it. They're your animals and you chose to have them cremated and if you want to mix the ashes you've got the right to that as well

    I was wondering though--where do you go to get that done for an animal???
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  15. #15
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    Mar 2005
    Usually in my own little world...
    My vet is located in an animal hospital and they do the cremating there and you pick the ashes up in a few days. They put the ashes in a plastic bag and then into a generic black urn.

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