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    Let's positive thinking! seedjar's Avatar
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    Unhappy A sad and unpleasant question

    My eldest chinchilla, Sarah, passed away last night, several days after a veterinary procedure to correct some crooked teeth. She had been recovering OK, but took a sudden turn for the worse around Thursday, and I didn't realize how serious the situation was until it was too late to get her to a clinic last night.
    Because I am a student and rent my home, I am reluctant to bury her in my yard, and I am unsure of what to do with her remains. Sarah was very precious to me and I want to honor her. It's kind of gruesome, and I feel strange asking it, but would it be OK to burn her body in my fireplace, so that I could save the ashes until I figure out what to do with them? I have a small wood-burning stove in my home. It gets quite hot when I get it going, so I'm fairly confident the fire would do the job, but this week has been difficult enough for me, I don't want to risk something like a chimney fire. Do any of you have any ideas about what I should do?
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    o//~ Livin' like a bug ain't easy / My old clothes don't seem to fit me /
    I got little tiny bug feet / I don't really know what bugs eat /
    Don't want no one steppin' on me / Now I'm sympathizin' with fleas /
    Livin' like a bug ain't easy / Livin' like a bug ain't easy... o//~

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    I'm sorry man
    Don't do it yourself man. There are places that will cremate your pet for you. Like these for example:

    Aberdeen: Petland Cemetery, Inc., P.O. Box 184, Aberdeen WA 98520, (800) 738-5119

    Bellevue:The Humane Society for Seattle/King County, 13212 SE Eastgate Way, Bellevue, WA 98005, (425) 641-0080, http://www.seattlehumane.org/euthanasiasvcs.shtml, humane@seattlehumane.org

    Bothell: Mill Creek Pet Cemetery, 19816 Bothell Everett Hwy, Bothell, WA 98012-7122, (206) 483-1698

    Burlington: Country Rest Pet Cemetery, 10252 District Line RD, Burlington, WA 98233

    Colbert: Family Pet Memorial Garden, Colbert, WA 99005, (509) 467-4248

    Kent: Pet Haven Cemetery, 23646 Military Rd. S, Kent, WA 98032-2833, (206) 878-7292

    Redmond: King County Parks and Recreation Division Pet Garden - Marymoor Park, P.O. Box 3517, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E. Redmond WA 98063-3517, http://www.metrokc.gov/parks/petgarden/, 206-296-4232 Fax 206-296-4341. "We offer a celebration wall that holds pet ash in the garden."

    Spokane: Animal Clinic of Spokane, 6322 N. Wall St, Spokane, WA 99208, (509) 467-7100

    Spokane Valley: All Pets Cremation Services, 12928 E. Indiana, Ste. #8, Spokane Valley, WA 99216, (509) 922-1285, http://www.allpetscremationservices.net, allpets@adelphia.net

    Tacoma: Ark Northwest Pet Memorials/ Crematorium, Tacoma, WA 98402, (253) 536-8775,

    Tacoma: Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County, 2608 Center St, Tacoma, WA 98409, (253) 383-2733

    Tacoma: Tacoma Mausoleum & Mortuary, 5302 S. Junett St., Tacoma, WA 98409, (253) 474-9574 or (888) 474-9574; fax (253) 474-9575; http://www.tacomamausoleum.com/

    Vancouver: Peaceful Paws Pet Cremation & Memorial Services, Inc., 6303 E. 18th St. Ste. B, Vancouver, WA 98661, 360.213.0323, http://peacefulpawscremation.com/

    Wenatchee: Columbia Pet Service, 1466 S. Wenatchee Ave, Wenatchee, WA 98801, (509) 664-2963




    Hope that helps.I advise you not do it yourself. I got that list from this place, BTW.
    http://www.pet-loss.net/resources/WA.html

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    im really sorry.

    but at a quick glance i thought you said my eldest child, and read the following, and, well, yeah! :0

    Im sorry for your loss, but dont do it your self.
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    Yeah, looking into it, I'll be taking her to the vet in the morning for cremation. It will be hard to pay for, especially after the vet bills I already incurred, but I just don't feel right trying to bury her in my yard or something where I know the raccoons will come looking.
    Thanks guys,
    ~Joe
    o//~ Livin' like a bug ain't easy / My old clothes don't seem to fit me /
    I got little tiny bug feet / I don't really know what bugs eat /
    Don't want no one steppin' on me / Now I'm sympathizin' with fleas /
    Livin' like a bug ain't easy / Livin' like a bug ain't easy... o//~

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    Sorry to hear of your loss

    Not the fireplace. It wont reach a high enough temperature to do a good job. And you don’t want your landlords asking about any strange persistent smells that may result!

    You could bury her and plant a tree on the burial spot. A memory tree that will be large and long lived. It wont be marked, but when you see it, you’ll know, and that’s all that matters. If your into the new-agey kind of thing, you can think of the nutrients that was her going into the tree to nourish new life, so what she was will become a part of what the tree will be. You can do that with ashes too. Ashes would be easier to work with.


    Goodluck-

    EDIT: seems i was a little slow.
    that makes no logic

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    sorry to hear that dude. Its understandable. I have faced the same dilemma whenever a fish died in my collection 3 years ago. It's such a hard thing to do. Hope you can figure something out.

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    My deepest condolences. I had to do my "Baby" (springer spaniel) a few years ago. NEVER AGAIN. Take her to a vet for cremation. It was my first time "putting down" an animal. Never again. She was almost 15 and had bad arthritis. I feel for you.
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