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Completing the cycle of life... dignified

 

Well, death is an unfortunate part of life. Fortunately, regarding us and our pets, there are many ways to handle it in a symbolic, dignified manner.

Here is the crematorium I use in Stamford. More can be found at their site here.

 

 

"All Pets" is a wonderful place,
for a time when life seems all but memories
and tears..

 

 

Chuck and Paul were kind enough to let me photograph their operation, and to show how top shelf their organization is.

When talking to them about cremation and the like, they treat my pets like they're their own... I couldn't ask for more.

 

 

Here are the ovens used -- the two on the left are human-ovens, and animals as large as ponies and cows are cremated here.

The oven on the right is for smaller pets, mostly dogs and cats.

 

 

Here's Chuck working the controls to the oven. Again, all top-shelf monitoring and professional.

 

 

Here's the smaller oven. This is where I watched Eli and Grace get cremated this morning.

There are two options in cremation - a "group cremation" or "individual cremation." In a group, all the animals from that day are done that day, in a communal cremation. For the individual cremation, it's just your pet, and you can get the ashes back. On a group cremation, it's impossible to return the ashes from just your pet.

I always choose the individual cremations, and I always bring the animals to the crematorium myself. They have an observation room where you can spend some final moments with your pet, and they then allow your overseeing the procedure. Again, with the utmost respect and care.

 

 

 

The inside of the larger oven. It takes roughly an hour to cremate a dog.

 

 

Here's the post-cremation area. It's here the ashes are gathered, and any metal remains are sorted out (collars, etc.)

 

 

In the reception area, remembrance plaques....

 

 

... and wooden urns for the ashes...

 

 

They have picture ones, too...

 

 

And finally, more customizable items, that can be painted or etched...

 

 

Here's their latest urn -- featuring a marble plaque with laser-etching.

 

 

So, that's the end of the tour. A somewhat painful experience, but worthwhile, since all of our pets, and eventually us, will someday die. To me, this method handles the remains with honor and remembrance.

 

 

On the other end of life's cycle, here's China's and Princess' puppies...
all ready to go to their forever homes...

... life is such a celebration, and I am so happy to be able to help these
beautiful souls.