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July 26, 2011 1:28 PM
When me an my brother were little we had a pet parakeet that died.So we buried it in the back yard and totally recreated the scean from poltergiste where they bury it there bird.Then a month later we dug it up to see what it looked like it was pretty gross lol
July 26, 2011 1:32 PM
When we burried our pet hamster my mum said to bury it in a box and place a slab of rock on top and then lay all the dirt on, otherwise foxes and cats will smell it and dig it up ... just an FYI.
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July 26, 2011 1:46 PM
My daughter (4 year old at the time) had a tea cup poodle die. The dog was 2.5 pounds. She is buried about 10 feet away from my kids' swing set in the front yard. Maybe morbid to some, but made my daughter feel good that she could talk to her "Peach" when ever she wanted. She was a brave, brave girl as she walked across the yard in her Hannah Montana bathrobe to place her pup's shoebox/casket into the hole her Daddy dug.
Since then, my dog, a humming bird, a mole, and a red bird have been added.

Do whatever is in your heart! I am sorry for your loss
July 26, 2011 1:59 PM
When I was a kid I had gerbils, and when they died (sadly they don't live very long), my grandfather and I put them in peanut cans and taped the lids on and buried them in the back yard. But when my dog died many years later, at the age of 13, we had her cremated. If you live in an urban or suburban area I would check your local ordinances, but if you're in a rural area - particularly if you have a large property - you can probably bury him/her in your yard, IMO. If you do go that route I would second the suggestions that you put your pet in a sealed container before burying him/her, to discourage scavenger animals.
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July 26, 2011 2:02 PM
I know that it is permissable to do so in Seattle WA. All my fuzzy old kitties have a resting place in our yard. It is hard to lose a pet. I find having somewhere to visit helps in the grieving process. Good luck.
Diana
July 26, 2011 2:05 PM
I lost the love of my doggy life a few years ago. I had to have him cremated to be able to bury him in our yard, he was a Mastiff. I know it sounds silly but it just made me feel better to know he was still near us.
July 26, 2011 2:20 PM
flowerforyou I have three in my yard
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July 26, 2011 2:24 PM
No idea if its legal but don't care either way. Its my property, I'll do what I want with it. But with that said I cremate the animals first and then bury the ashes.
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July 26, 2011 2:38 PM
Why would it be illegal? Animals die all the time. No one goes out into the woods collecting critters and cremating them.... and trust me, they don't cremate themselves. It's not littering... dead animals are 100% biodegradable.
Edited by Mickmelie On July 26, 2011 2:44 PM
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July 26, 2011 2:42 PM
P.S. My gerbil died when I was a kid. It was winter in Wisconsin so the ground was frozen. My mom flushed it.
Not too long before that she had also flushed the litter of babies that magically appeared in the cage with our two "boy" gerbils. Funny how quickly one of them died after having babies. indifferent
  3849501
July 26, 2011 2:43 PM
double post
Edited by Mickmelie On July 26, 2011 2:44 PM
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July 26, 2011 7:43 PM
The most I have done to date is flush fish. But I am preparing.
July 27, 2011 12:00 AM
I've been a veterinary technician for awhile now. It is not legal to bury your pets in your backyard in some states. When an animal is euthanized or comes in DOA, we always offer cremation options or give the owner the option of taking the body home for burial. We give this option whether it is legal or not. Some can't afford cremation. Others want to bring the body home. Who's going to know?
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July 27, 2011 4:38 AM
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I've been a veterinary technician for awhile now. It is not legal to bury your pets in your backyard in some states. When an animal is euthanized or comes in DOA, we always offer cremation options or give the owner the option of taking the body home for burial. We give this option whether it is legal or not. Some can't afford cremation. Others want to bring the body home. Who's going to know?
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yeah us too
July 27, 2011 5:15 AM
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The most I have done to date is flush fish. But I am preparing.


@Charlie - Legally - check with your local laws. Really - If you live on an open piece of land (and you own it) and you are not cramped up in a sub division then it's possible that you can do what you want.

The cleanest choice is pet cremation and then burial or spreading of the ashes on your property.

What kind of pet are we discussing here?
  716078
July 27, 2011 5:21 AM
QUOTE:

I've been a veterinary technician for awhile now. It is not legal to bury your pets in your backyard in some states. When an animal is euthanized or comes in DOA, we always offer cremation options or give the owner the option of taking the body home for burial. We give this option whether it is legal or not. Some can't afford cremation. Others want to bring the body home. Who's going to know?


This is what our vet does too. We always opt to take them home. We have always had a small "zoo" and literally have a pet cemetery in one corner of our farm.
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July 27, 2011 5:54 AM
Cats.
July 27, 2011 6:08 AM
I recently moved from an area in Virgina where I (we) owned 8 acres of land Mostly wooded. I would have had no issues with burying anything on my property: gerbil, cat, dog, horse, ex-wife. But now I live in a cramped sub-division on less than 1/2 an acre. I would almost bet that their are ordiances (or HOA rules) that forbid the burying of animals on my current property.
  716078
July 27, 2011 9:17 AM
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