Yoshi is our 13 year old maltese who had a growth the size of a golf ball. He had this growth removed once years ago, but it grew back. In August the vet said it was back and getting larger, and saw signs of cancer all throughout his abdomen and chest. She assumed he wouldnt make it past early September. We decided to take him home, and let him live out his last few days with his family. To our amazement, he was fine. Still played, ate, pooped, his normal duties. Sadly, today was not a good day. He was walking in circles, bumping into walls, not knowing wher ehe was. He then had a seizure around 8pm. We rushed to the hospital, and he had 3 more on the way there. The vet said the cancer had attacked his nervous system. She gave him meds to stop the seizures, but didnt feel he would make it through the night. There was no hope left, and we couldnt bare to have him suffer his last moments in seizures. We decided to have him euthanized. I held his paw as he slept and let out his last breath. Hardest thing i ever had to do. I cant believe some people in the world have the attitude of 'its just a dog'. I feel like i lost a piece of my family. I just hope this gets easier.
Now on to my question. The vet gave us his body in a cardboard coffin. We want to bury him in our yard. Im really not sure if this is legal, but we really want him near us. Should a vet 'prepare' his body, much like a human? Or is it safe to plac ehim in a coffin/chest and bury him as is?
Oh Kristen! My heart goes out to you! I had an almost exact thing happen to me Tuesday morning with my Dufie. Cancer is killing so many of our little ones. I'd say if you have the space, bury your beloved dog. No preparation needed. We are not permitted to have the body returned to us. All choice we have is private cremation or mass cremation. This weekend I'm planting a tree for my dog. Just keep thinking of all the good times you had and before you know it, you'll smile through your pain.
I dont know if its okay here in Mississippi or not but wee have always buried our pets in the yard. We have a spot that looks like tired landscaping but it unfortunatley is our pet cemetary. I always bury them with a picture of the rest of the dogs and their favorite toy and a copy of the Rainbow Bridge poem. I am sorry for your loss
I'm so sorry for your loss! And ,Yes, a lot of people don't understand how deep that loss can be for someone. That's what's so great about pet forums like this one where you can come and tell everyone here how much pain you're in and have them understand.
My beloved dog Cedo died at home from cancer and we buried him at home under the tree. I suspect it probably wasn't legal, but I really didn't care. We did have to pour a cement slab over the grave because our other dog insisted on digging at the grave.
The bad part about burying Cedo there is that we moved to another house in August. I was seriously thinking about moving his body and taking him with us, but didn't. I also didn't disclose to the new owners of the house that he is buried there. I'm just hoping that they never have the need to dig in that corner of the yard.
I feel that Cedo's spirit has followed us to our new home regardless.
So sorry to hear about your baby. Maybe each state is different, I don't know. It looks like the vet would not have given you his body if it was against the law where you live. I live in Dallas and my friend has buried both her little poms in their back yard. We have a place fenced off where we were going to have an orchard but never did. So, when my little schnauzers pass away thats where they will be buried. Hope things get easier for you, I know it hurts so much.
Oooo unleaqdedblue i am soo sorry to hear that, i was in tears reading that special you holding its paw. you did the best thing and i totally agree with what you said about how people just say 'its just a dog' it is part of your family.
Please bury your beloved and don't ask anyone about the legalities. I just had my 16 year old Pit mix put down and even though I live in the country where it's legal, nothing would have stopped me from a burial in the back yard. It's a case of more government intrutision into our lives. You do what makes it better for you. Take good care.
Dear Kristen, I am so sorry about the passing of your baby. Our bichon frise died on Sept. 15th and we buried her in our backyard. We didn't ask anyone if it was legal or not. My heart goes out to you and yours. Claudia
I am truly feeling for you right now.We had to do this same thing last year at this time.Buddy got stomach cancer and the day that he wouldn't eat for me from the spoon I knew we had to do something, he was such a wonderful dog I couldn't let him suffer like that just so we could have him maybe a few weeks more with us, he deserved more than that. We had our Buddy 13-1/2yrs. I can tell you that it does get better each day but that you never, never forget them. We have always buried our pets in our yard (not sure if that is legal or not but I couldn't take them anywhere else) and a few other family members pets too. We have a new little guy named Cody and I take him to where Buddy is and I tell Cody all about Buddy and tell Buddy that Cody is here with us filling a void his death has made in us and that cody is not replacing him but he is helping us cope with this great loss. I am sure you too at some point will get another pet but be assured you will never forgot the pets you have had to let go of. Take care, love and prayers.
Thank you everyone for your kind thoughts. Today we purchased a nice trunk to put him in, surrounded by his favorite pillow and blankie, family pictures and a crucifix from my grandfather...He is now buried in our back yard, in a corner which we will turn into a small 'reflection' area in the spring..Yoshi will definitely never be forgotten..I couldn;t bare to have him suffer in seizures all night, I am happy that we chose to let him stay asleep and reach heavan peacefully..