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Has anyone not buried their dead pet?

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paolosgirl Thu 17-Jul-08 14:32:47

I hope this doesn't sound really heartless, but our rabbit died on Tuesday, and it's been pouring since, so she's in her hutch until we can get out and dig the hole for her.
Thing is, she's a big girl and our garden is tiny, with all available burial space taken up with sandpits, shrubs, previous pets etc. - I mean it is packed. We still want to mark her passing in a dignified way though.
Has anyone forgone the funeral, and if so what did you do with your pet?

BettySpaghetti Thu 17-Jul-08 14:34:51

There are such things as pet crematoriums around although I expect they're a bit ££££ -not sure if thats a bit OTT though?

Any family/friends nearby with burial space in their garden?

RubyRioja Thu 17-Jul-08 14:34:52

If you have foxes in your garden, you might actually be better cremating her remains. Especially in a small garden.You can keep or scatter ashes as you wish.

I have a contact depending on where you are.

If you do bury her, I would suggest a pation slab on top.

RubyRioja Thu 17-Jul-08 14:35:43

But don't whatever you do, do what my friend did. PUt dead cat in bag to take to vet to dispose of. Get speeding ticket en route, get distracted and drive around with dead cat in boot for 3 days.

ChopsTheDuck Thu 17-Jul-08 14:37:22

my parents have had several dogs cremated. The stack of litle boxes is getting bigger.

piratecat Thu 17-Jul-08 14:38:46

you can take her to the vets and they would dispose of her?

sorry that sounds so horrible, but if space is at minimum.

you could have her cremated, i did this with two precious pets (cats). it costs abit tho, prob about £100.

paolosgirl Thu 17-Jul-08 14:39:14

shock Ruby!!

DH asked last night if he could put her in the outside freezer last night until we've thought about what to do with her - couldn't understand my horror, as he WAS going to wrap her up after all.

tortoiseSHELL Thu 17-Jul-08 14:39:18

Your vet might have a pet disposal service. You can always plant 'bunny's rose' or something to remember her by.

Don't do what we did - bury the rabbit, but not put slabs on top - rabbit came back 5 days later, found lying on the grass, half decomposed....bloody fox had dug her up. Dh reburied her, and put paving slabs on top.

paolosgirl Thu 17-Jul-08 14:41:09

Would the vet dispose of her? I wasn't sure if they would only do that if she had died there?

The thought of cremating her did cross my mind, but the cost did put me off. I'm near Edinburgh if that's anywhere near your contact Ruby?

RubyRioja Thu 17-Jul-08 14:41:36

I know - if you knew the individual, it coudl only happen to her. Was q disgusting, so tbh I would not delay your decision in July!

RubyRioja Thu 17-Jul-08 14:42:00

Sorry no - down south for contact.

snooks Thu 17-Jul-08 14:43:53

agree that you could try sympathetic friends/family for space in their gardens.

Also re foxes: we buried our much-loved cat a few years ago, I opened the bedroom curtains one morning a couple of days later and thought "what's that white carrier bag doing in the garden..." (she was a white cat) then I looked again...sad dh re-buried her, this time with some heavy slab things on top for a while, seemed to deter the foxes.

Sorry about your rabbit btw.

RubyRioja Thu 17-Jul-08 14:45:22

63-65 Howden Hall Road
EH16 6PP
Funeral Directors For Pets
Fax: 01316207025

These are associated with main organisation. fwiw a mog down south would cost approx £70, so would expect to pay less for bunny ooop north.

expatinscotland Thu 17-Jul-08 14:45:53

we had our cat cremated.

Minniethemoocher Thu 17-Jul-08 14:54:26

Sorry that you lost your Bunny sad

We have always had our pets cremated by the vet and then the ashes returned to us, which we have buried in the garden, I don't like the idea of burial for animals or humans come to that...

bella29 Thu 17-Jul-08 14:55:49

Vets will dispose of your pets, regardless of whether or not they died there. Cheapest option is a cremation without getting the ashes back to keep/scatter.

Nothing wrong with putting her in the freezer till you decide - at the vets I used to work at, that's what we did with them until the crematorium people could collect!

paolosgirl Thu 17-Jul-08 14:58:49

Thanks for all the advice here...think I'll try the local vet and see if they offer a disposal service. I like the idea of burials more for humans and pets though - the thought of just returning slowly to nature appeals more than being chucked in an incinerator always seems a bit unnatural. Garden space just doesn't allow though sad. Poor Daisy...

paolosgirl Thu 17-Jul-08 15:45:03

Just phoned our lovely local vets - they are going to take her for £12.50 tomorrow sad

I'm feeling quite weepy at the thought of handing her over, and missed seeing in her run earlier when I went to hang out the washing. How weird is that - over a blikin' rabbit.

Thanks again for all your help smile

forevercleaning Thu 17-Jul-08 16:05:20

we have had animals cremated and even buried our own horse with the help of a JCB!

But i have to admit to a 'bunny going out with the weekly rubbish'.

I was on the school run, the dogs escaped and killed him. It was a real mess (sorry if this is insensitive) when i got back with the Dc and had to do something quickly, so we pretended that daddy was burying her at work.

Ecmo Thu 17-Jul-08 16:10:26

2 boxes of dog ashes still on fridge! Don't really know what to do with them!

Heifer Thu 17-Jul-08 16:29:43

same here - got both dogs ashes downstairs in the porch...

We thought we were going to sprinkle them but DD says she wants to bury the box so we can unbury them and take them with us when (if) we move! um...

Ellbell Thu 17-Jul-08 16:37:06

Had my beloved dog cremated and scattered his ashes on the beach in Cornwall, which was his favourite place in all the world. sad

lucyellensmum Thu 17-Jul-08 16:59:06

Take her to the vets where they will send her to the pets crematorium. A nominal charge will be charged but not much.

I have two dogs and a rabbit upstairs, in their little boxes for scattering, but could never let them go blush

piratecat Thu 17-Jul-08 17:15:34

i have my two cats ashes in boxes here, on top of the kitchen units. VERY far out of reach mind you. Altho very much alive cat does go up there and sit next to them!!

so many times i have thought, right i'm going to 'do' somehting with them, bury at my mums, scatter etc...

but never can do it.

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