This is something we all put to one side. We rescue a loved one from the pound or from someone who neglected to realise they were signing up for at least a 15 year commitment. Or we pick the puppy of our dreams, the small ball of fluff we absolutely adore. All the time knowing a human will live for 80 years on average if they have good health and most dogs and some cats will average a 15 year span. We can have up to 5 beautiful souls in our lifetime if we commit and we reach our own personal health goals.
So we need to address the issue a few times during our stay on the planet. What do we do once our babies pass away? Should we bury or cremate our beautiful pet who has been a part of our family for so many years. This is such a personal question that no matter what you read here in this article you will make your own mind up. I do not know if either decision is correct or incorrect, I think the most important decision is how you dispose (what a dreadful word) of your loved one once their time here has ended. The only real answer to this is obvious, with a whole lot of love and an abundance of respect.
Some families are lucky and have a farm in the family and have developed their own pet cemetery over the years. In other rural areas compassionate families have opened up their land and created formal Pet Cemeteries. Others in suburbia are not so lucky, there are rules and regulations depending on which state, county or country you live in to whether you are allowed to have your loved one buried in your yard. For years none of this mattered and little cemeteries were in everyone's back yard, with the obligatory funeral service and the family gathering to say their goodbyes.
So with all of the restrictions being put into place I guess this is where the cremation business started. So you now have this option as well. This is a convenient option as you can take your loved one with you where ever you go (their ashes). They can travel the country with you like they did when they were fit, young and healthy. If you do not have anywhere to bury your loved one you can also choose this option. Then you have another dilemma to deal with. You now have to somehow find a receptacle to place the ashes in that somehow depicts your loved ones soul and personality.