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Scattering ashes is not all that it's cracked up to be. I was scattering our old family pet, Tor the Norwegian Elkhound, when an errant gust of wind blew bits'o'Tor into my mouth.

Okay, I confess that one reason I don't do the cremation-and-return route is that I dread one of the other critters either eating the ashes, or using them as a litterbox. Best not to tempt fate, I think.
Still I would have planted a tree in his honor.

i like the idea of a memorial tree.
I though Pandora was buried next or near to Polka dottie Kitty?

shh! don't even think such a thing!

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott and harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
Do you (generic "you") re-use collars?

i never have, but i haven't lost a dog since i was a kid and most of our dogs then never had collars.
Part of that is because they each wore their collar for years and years and I'm not sure the hardware would hold. And they look like they've been worn for years and years.

i expect my dogs' collars would be like that. the ones they currently wear were gotten when i first got harriet. they're
5 years old and look like they're about 90.
But part of me says that every dog should have his very own collar. Not that it matters to the dog! (I didn't really feel like Duke was mine until I bought him a new collar.)

yep. i think a new dog deserves a brand, spanking new collar. that's not too much to ask, is it?
Leashes, or training collars, or toys, sure. Mixed and matched those among the dogs all the time. But not the dog's everyday buckle collar.

toys are definitely community property. (well, as long as they aren't woobies. all woobies belong to Miss Bossy Pants.) leashes are a grey area for me, though. they aren't as personal as collars, but each dog still has their own. i have a hard time using the "wrong" leash, so i'm not sure how i'd feel about recycling one. hmmm.

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott and harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
Do you (generic "you") re-use collars?

No, never. That would feel like handing down underwear or something else completely inappropriate. The collar goes with the dog. When I bought Image her former owners put a brand new collar on her, which seemed to me to be at least a little symbolic of a new start. There's something personal (dogsonal?) about collars.
I actually have a stock of collars - it was cheaper to buy in multiples from an outfitter, so I did. Plenty of spares.
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Do you (generic "you") re-use collars?

The puppy ones yes, but in my case this was Blade's puppy collar on Reznor and Blade is still with me. I would never even dream of reusing the adult collars. I still have Miss Panyu's. I believe I buried Murphy with his.

Gwen
I disagree, for some dogs, it matters quite a lot...

I would have been the first to say that it doesn't matter to the dog... but then I witnessed two of our rescues (the ones born here are spoiled brats and could never comprehend doing without anything, so they don't care )
Emma, our Dachsie mix, was homeless and had whelped a litter of pups in an industrial park. We had to treat her for heartworms and after weeks of treatment, she wasn't going anywhere. She had always been aloof though (I still firmly believe that we love her much more than she does us). When we decided to keep her, I went in search of a collar. I wanted a pretty collar, since I have hairy beasts and they don't show.

I ordered her a lovely emerald green leather with a rhinestone buckle (gorgeous!). When I pulled it out and put it on her, she danced, and immediately became more "our" dog. Following us around, affectionate, etc. When she was bathed, she would act oddly and depressed until she was dry and the collar would come back out, and she would "help" put it on. It's HER collar
Robin
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Common practice, I'm led to understand, is for a deceased pet to be cremated and the ashes returned to the owner.

Actually, I'd say about 1/2 of clients at the e-clinic where I work choose individual cremation with ashes returned. It eeks some people out, which is totally understandable. I don't consider it "common," per se, but more common than 4 yrs ago when I first started working in vet practice.
My vet does a nice "pawprint" token; the pet's pawprint in clay.

We offer those, too, and I really like them.
What sorts of memorials comfort you? Why?

When Eric had to let his 21 yr old kitty go, he chose mass cremation (no ashes returned) and a clay paw print. He keeps the paw print at his computer desk next to a picture of Kitty.
I don't know what I would do when the time comes for one of mine. Our clinic offers a really nice garden rock with an engraved plaque the ashes go inside. I like that one. I think I'd definitely do clay paw prints. I might do some before anyone has passed, so they are there for me and I don't have to think about it.
I did save collars from childhood dogs. They are still hanging at my mom's house.

-Abby
Pems, Aussie, and a Pug
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When I bought Image her former owners put a brand new collar on her, which seemed to me to be at least a little symbolic of a new start.

aw, that's sweet!
when i got harriet, she came with an old, frayed, chewed, out-grown up puppy collar. they'd punched a hole in the very end of it, but it was still so tight that there was a roll of skin on either side of it. she wore one of elliott's hand-me-downs until i could get to the store the next day. buying her a brandspankingnew collar was one of the first things i did for her.

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott and harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
When she was bathed, she would act oddly and depressed until she was dry and the collar would come back out, and she would "help" put it on. It's HER collar

Heh. When we take Moogli's collar off for his bath, we usually leave it off for the night. He will carry it around from room to room until we put it back on again.
Marcel
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