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Do you (generic "you") re-use collars?

I don't have to face that (yet) but I don't think taht I could, unless we got a dog that is soo much the spirit that Moolgi is (and will be, may he live a loong time) that it would fit.
Marcel
What sorts of memorials comfort you? Why?

I've had a nice, long chat with the dawgs, and told them that they just aren't allowed to die. Being good dogs who always listen to me, I'm sure they'll comply. So, no need for memorials. I'll have dogs that live forever.
In deep denial,
Suja
When I lost my Tiki last January, I found a little box and placed in it, her collar, tags, a tuff of her hair and the cards I received from friends. I also made a small collage of her best photos.
She will always live on in my heart but I do find it comforting to have these mementos.
Colleen, Emma, Coco, and Bear.
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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 ... don't need any of those things to put myself in mind of him. What sorts of memorials comfort you? Why?

I have a blanket with Old Rexers picture on it. I like photographs because they remind me of the fun times.
Common practice, I'm led to understand, is for a deceased pet to be cremated and the ashes returned to the ... an emotivelandmark, or in collecting a life's worth of companions to inter them with their human (or mix/scatter the lot).

What sorts of memorials comfort you? Why?

I decided not to have Judy's ashes returned. I had a small marble plaque made and placed it at the bottom of the bird bath in the back garden.
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Only puppy collars. The puppy collar I bought for Winston was also Kira's puppy collar. It's hanging in the dog closet waiting for My New Dog, larvae version. Their adult collars are theirs and theirs alone. I still have Janey's old collar in my desk drawer. I can't part with it.
Debbie
What sorts of memorials comfort you? Why?

I sent my beloved Shasta for cremation. We own two properties and are involved in a land-use dispute such that we don't know which, if either, we will continue to hold a few years down the road.

My plan, however, is to bury his remains once we are settled.

I will say, though, having shoveled dirt over other dogs, but none I loved this much, I didn't want to do it to him. It was a relief to have the two nice men gently load him in their doggy hearse and take him away. I'm serious.
I need to go pick out an urn and get his remains back. The land-use crap has taken over the last few days.
Amy Dahl
Trees. Why because they are life and to me they become a symbol of the life that once was. Trees ... beloved Murphy. That of course is all in preference. One may prefer a strong oak tree or a Magnolia etc.

agreed, 100%. i'll plant Mo's tree with his ashes, because i like the idea that he has become the tree, and can live on in a new form.

-kelly
agreed, 100%. i'll plant Mo's tree with his ashes, because i like the idea that he has become the tree, and can live on in a new form.

Kelly, I was away for a while, and I just read about Mo-kitty, I am so, so sorry. I wish I had more words to comfort you, but know I am thinking about you and Mo-kitty.

-Abby
Pems, Aussie, and a Pug
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