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Have you ever had a funeral for a pet?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on September 16, 2007

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Photo of Rachel Strelow

“No. The only pets I’ve had that died were when I was little. I think my parents just buried them. I haven’t had any pets die as an adult, but I’ll probably have one for them when they do.”

Photo of Brandon Weber

“I’ve never had a funeral for a pet. We had one buried in a pet cemetery, but we never really had a funeral for it.”

Photo of Erin Hamilton

“No. I’ve never had a pet die.”

Photo of Wes Guernsey

“Once for a goldfish. Just a few words, then drop it in and flush.”


jonas 10 years, 7 months ago

Well, my question for Brandon is, did the pet come back? And. . . .was it EVIL?!?!?!

sgtwolverine 10 years, 7 months ago

Nope. I've never been that attached to an animal.

sunflower_sue 10 years, 7 months ago

I'm sure we've had the mandatory "funeral for the kids' sake" a time or two with very small critters. The pets I've had that I was really attached to, I said my goodbye's before the pet was no more. Then just burried them (along with their bedding and toys) while I cried. The kids have made notes/drawings to be burried with the animal...but I've always burried them while the kids were not around. I think it's kind of traumatic to shovel dirt on top of your loved one. Does that count as a funeral? I suppose it might in the non-traditional sense.

ms_canada 10 years, 7 months ago

My darling Camille, (Siamese cat) died last year and I did not have a real funeral although I did cry when I buried her next to the house out back in the flower bed. She has a grave stone. she was 20 years old and I saw her into this world and out of it in my arms. Now I have Tazzy and she is the most loving of cats. How I will part with her I can't imagine. Animals can be very loving and good companions and anyone who has not experienced the love of a cat or dog is really missing out.

Godot 10 years, 7 months ago

It has been my experience that funerals make very poor pets.

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 10 years, 7 months ago

(I thot that I'd weigh in on this one, here, as doing so in a related "human" forum would likely invite an unending barrage of misguided replies.)

I understand attachment. I understand loss, and grief. (I understand grieving at emotional and physiological levels, when just traveling familiar paths can leave one unable to see through the tears... when the trick is just to keep breathing.)

Nevertheless, it should be observed that, when a loved one has shed the "mortal coil," so to speak, the body which remains is no more "them" than is the slab on which it is lain or the urn into which its ashes are poured. There is no ritual which can preserve them. There is no place to which one can travel to capture another moment with them. There is no "final resting place" that one need visit to recapture the moments shared.

sgtwolverine 10 years, 7 months ago

babboy, I am feeling much better today; it is always satisfying to demolish a rival like that, no matter what. But yeah, Penn State is next week, and that'll be tough.

And ND needs an o-line, but that's not all they need. That's just a bad team all around. The offense didn't do anything worthwhile, but the defense knew Hart would be carrying the ball on most plays and he still averaged over 5 yards a carry. Ugly, ugly, ugly.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 10 years, 7 months ago

"the Leslie rotating at full speed"

Oh, you are giving away your age!! I wonder if anyone but us even know what a Leslie is.

Right Thinker: You can borrow my 12 ga. Regardless of whether your dog lives or dies, you can't allow that to go unpunished. It's time to pop a cap.

been_there 10 years, 7 months ago

right_thinker Hope your dog recovers ok. Actually, now I'll have to move you up a notch or two. It's nice to hear about people who make a real commitment to their pets instead of treating them like disposable possessions. Something that happens way too much in a college town.

juscin3 10 years, 7 months ago

We had a little pom that we bought that was in bad shape. I took him to the vet, got him all well, then 4 months later he was kicked or stepped on by a horse. We had another guy bury him for us because we were too attached to him. He put a head stone on his grave, then finally after about a week I went over to it, said my goodbye's. It was really hard for us. I kept thinking that I could hear him whimpering for me to come and get him. Though it's been 9 months ago that this happened, I miss the lil guy.

PrincessConsuelaBananaHammock 10 years, 7 months ago

Right thinker -- we have a cairn terrier as well -- wonderful little dogs with lots of spunk. Best wishes to yours that he recovers from his injuries -- and I wouldn't blame you for seeking a little justice on the beast who hurt him. As far as this OTS question goes, all I can see in my head is the goldfish episode of The Cosby Show with the whole family in their Sunday best gathered around the toilet for the services!!

GretchenJP 10 years, 7 months ago

This is such a sad conversation. My fiance lost his best friend... his beloved cat... about 7 months ago. He dug the hole but couldn't bring himself to put him in it so I wrapped him in a sheet... gave him a kiss... and buried him for him.

jonas 10 years, 7 months ago

Never exactly knew that the Leslie was a speaker set, but I did know that Adam Jones of Tool used one with his guitar to make the guitar line for parts of Sober. It's a pretty cool sound.

person184 10 years, 7 months ago

OMG...R_T has warm feelings. I am sorry for your dog and I hope she recovers.

sunflower_sue 10 years, 7 months ago

yes, R_T, I'm wishing your dog well, also.

I have loved many pets but only one got a headstone. My beloved Alex. He was going on 16 years. One very old pup! My hubby always gave me such a hard time about that dog that I told him when I finally had to put Alex down, he'd better not dare try to console me. Well, when the time came, the hubby drove me to the vet, then let me sit in the car with my doggie until it was time. The hubby dug the hole for me, and helped me bury my buddy. At some point, he had gone out (when he knew that I was going to have to put my dog down) and found a nice granite stone and carved "Alex" into it. (I guess actions speak louder than words.)

RI, I have a cousin named Leslie. :)

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 10 years, 7 months ago

"... Leslie rotating at full speed"

"Oh, you are giving away your age!! I wonder if anyone but us even know... Leslie...."

Hey, I knew Leslie, and that girl could spin and vibrate all at the same time... used to give me chills just listening to her hum. Never kept any pets, though-yet not a stranger to pet funerals, by any means... but I digress....

kneejerkreaction 10 years, 7 months ago

I'm going to have a funeral for my neighbor's annoying, yapping mutt if the owner doesn't shut the thing up. I'm thinking a flamethrower. Cremation would work just fine.

erod0723 10 years, 7 months ago

I've never had a funeral for a pet; we've always just had the vet put em down and cremate them. But my uncle sent his dog's remains into space. And by space I mean he put the dog's ashes in a hobby rocket when he was 12 and blasted the sucker off.

softball_sister 10 years, 7 months ago

I like it how they do when they were little.But I have had like lots of funerals for pets if they are dearly to me and if I loved them very much.Most of them are cats and dogs!!!They are so nice that we would throw a funeral for their own pets that died!!!!!!

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 10 years, 7 months ago

erod0723 writ: "But my uncle sent his dog's remains into space. And by space I mean he put the dog's ashes in a hobby rocket when he was 12 and blasted the sucker off."

... somewhere just outside of Roswell, you say?

mom_of_three 10 years, 7 months ago

no, never had a funeral for a pet, although we lost several we were attached to. When I was a kid, my dad usually told me the fate of the pet after the fact. I did cry for each one, and I would probably still cry over the fate of a pet.

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