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Partial2Hounds

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My husband and I requested that Maggie be cremated and her ashes returned to us. After reading all these posts, I am now wondering if we will get her ashes or just a box of ashes from a group cremation? This is the first time I've had a pet cremated and now I'm freaking out a little! Should I call my vet to confirm?
Partial2Hounds

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Okay, I did check with the vet and Maggie will have a private cremation and her ashes will be returned to us. Crisis avoided! :-)
TrekysMum

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 #43 
That's great that you were able to find out in time to reassure yourselves.  
pugmommy

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OH, I was sooo not ready when Targe went to the bridge.  I, however knew that it was coming. I have had other fur babies, and had some real hard times with their deaths or putting them down.  I lost one baby in a fire, and one just before that that I had to put down because of age, and failing health.  I didn't know about cremation then. I am glad that a friend told me about this.  Yes, I'm still having a hard time with certain days, but I know he is here with me, and will never leave me again! I miss him, but I can hold his ashes, and I feel better.  When Miss Sassy's time comes, I will do the same thing so that they will be together always, and always with me.  
Suza411

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Thank you so much for adding this!  Being prepared once you do get to the vet is so important too.  We lost our dear Cuddles about 4 months ago and I regretted not asking for a piece of fur or his whiskers, so I made sure I did with Jasper and it has been such a help and comfort.  Thanks again!  I was so glad to be part of this awareness and be able to do this in Jasper's memory; he would be happy too...he was such a loving soul.

Partial2Hounds

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I went to my vet's office this morning and confirmed (again) that Maggie will be privately cremated and we will get her ashes. (I'm a little anal!) They will also be doing a paw print for us and I asked them for a lock of hair, which may or may not be impossible on a little short-haired beagle, but we'll see. She had a brush on the end of her tail; that would be nice to have.

I was a little uncertain about cremation because most of my past pets were buried, but I don't personally like the idea of burial. I want to be cremated when I pass on, so I like that idea for my little woogy pants too. Besides, my husband and I are young enough that we may move some day and the idea of having to leave my dogs behind or dig them up is really disconcerting. So, I think I'm at peace with the idea of cremation now. I'm sure Maggie's ashes will be mischievous some way! ;-)
TrekysMum

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It is nearing the time for me to place my 14 year old best friend / dog Toby in the Angels hands

In preparing for it my wonderful vet asked if I wanted his ashes and paw print. Without any hesitation I said yes to ashes and no to paw-print. That was a few days ago and after giving it more thought I am going to saw yes to the paw print. I am glad she suggested it before I actually had to make the decision... I have changed my mind and do want the paw print to use as a paperweight where I will see it everyday and it will remind me that he is only a heartbeat away...

Trekys Mum / Cindy
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Bumping back up to share

Also here is the link I wrote as the end neared for Toby that helped me keep things in perspective.

http://www.petlossmessageboard.com/post/living-in-the-momenttoby-is-gone-7445074?pid=1288134599
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