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« on: May 10, 2019 08:18:33 AM »

This afternoon we will be saying good-bye to our beloved dog, Zena.  She has endured worsening eye issues (IOP - blindness) and we don't want her to continue suffering.  Her pain meds no longer seem to work.  Although my heart is breaking and we will miss her terribly, we must think of her comfort and well being.  I hate that I could not cure her issues or be a better petmommy.  Zena deserves a long, happy life - as do all pets.  To those of you who have lost a furbaby,  my deepest sympathies.  They are truly family.

DH refuses to have Zena buried on our land, outside in the elements.  It's touching of my big beefy husband to insist that she be kept inside, safe and warm and dry.  Zena will be cremated.  My crafty question is about her cremains,  What sort of container?  I want to make something but mentally am mush and cannot think beyond Ziplock baggies and Tupperware.  Recently we've had trees come down and I'd love something from their wood, perhaps inscribed with a wood burner .... Tips and suggestions greatly appreciated.


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« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2019 09:19:52 AM »

I am so sorry for your loss. My dog is getting old too. It's hard to lose a special family member.

There are so many cool things that can be done with cremains. Last year, an online friend's 6 yo daughter died from the flu. It's so sad, as they did everything right. She took some of her ashes, and had them infused into a tattoo of her daughter's lip prints. She also sent some off to be made into a very beautiful and special ring.

I've looked online for what to do for my dog when her time comes, and haven't settled yet.  I do like to say I want to become a tree when I do (biourn.com)

Again, I'm so sorry for your loss, and best wishes for finding the perfect resting place for your sweet girl.

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« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2019 10:47:35 AM »

JS, I am so absolutely sorry about the loss of your fur baby!  My condolences to the entire family!  Cry Kiss Kiss Kiss Kiss

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« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2019 11:35:43 AM »

I'm sorry that you felt it was time to put your dog to sleep; losing a pet is never easy.

All of our pets are buried in the yard . . . and because I'm the man (or at least I pretend to be one), I always get stuck being the gravedigger.  I dig a grave, swaddle the deceased animal up in a baby blanket, along with some of their favorite toys and treats, and then bury them like that.

As far as making a cremation urn out of the wood in your yard goes, a square/rectangular box, or a barrel-like cylinder (made from slats), are the two shapes that come immediately to mind.  If you've got a large enough piece of wood, and want something more rough/natural-looking (or carved), you could also try hollowing out a cavity in an appropriately-sized solid chunk of wood for the ashes too.

Maybe just have a look around your local stores too and see if anything strikes your fancy; there are any number of small containers that would work as an urn, even if that isn't their intended purpose.
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« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2019 01:59:27 AM »

Awwww - I am sorry you lost your baby.  It is heartbreaking how short their lives are in relation to ours.  Jim made a wood box with fitted lid for his grandmother's ashes when she passed, and I wood burned the top of it with a cladagh and her name, and we added a resin and metal charm that held her wedding ring, as per the request of his dad and aunts. 

As for our own furbabies - we were going to bury them at a property of the family's but I am like your husband, once we got their ashes back, I could not stand to bury them either, and they both are in commercially available urns near art work of them made by myself and other Craftsters, so I can still say goodnight/good morning to them.  Maybe one day they may be buried, but not yet Sad

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« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2019 03:29:13 PM »

I haven't got any practical suggestions but (((HUGS))) to you friend. I am sorry to hear this sad news. I know you are grateful for many years of love and devotion but this has got to be so wrenching to go through. XO

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« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2019 09:44:56 AM »

I'm sorry for your loss.  They leave such a gaping hole in our hearts when we lose them. 

I don't have a suggestion for a container, but there are several glass makers & glass blowers who will create something that incorporates a pinch of the loved ones ashes into something like a glass bowl or a sun catcher or even just a glass sculpture.  I've always loved the idea of rays of sunlight pouring in my windows, and illuminating a beautiful piece of glass, to help me remember a loved one. 

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« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2019 06:37:40 PM »

Thank you all, very, very much for the condolences and suggestions.  They are greatly appreciated.  The pinch of ashes incorporated into something is a sweet idea.  Maybe a pinch in resin, on top of a box made from our wood, with something engraved.  DH wants a tattoo.
This coming weekend is DS1's graduation, and the following weekend is his party.  I will be occupied with all the details for those (do we all have appripriate outfits, cleaned and ironed, where are our dress shoes, no a brown left doesn't match a navy right, is everything ordered, invitations mailedOMGnotYet, etc) but will keep revisiting this thread and rereading the ideas.  DH is already searching online sites for another dog.  Although there is a huge emptiness, it is too soon for a replacement pet.

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