Re: Pet Cremation
Tess, I have said elsewhere, I am so very sorry for your loss.
All us pet lovers know how crushing it is when the time comes.
I always buried my own when I could, depending on where I lived, at the farm it was no problem for example. I have a much smaller garden now, so have had the last 3 dogs I lost, cremated.
I remember being asked what sort of casket I wanted. This is because some people want to keep the ashes, so would choose a different type of casket to someone who is going to perhaps scatter the ashes, and doesn't need to keep the empty container.
I know a chap who has all highly polished wooden caskets of all of his dogs, lined up on a shelf in his living room. Each has a brass plaque on it, with the name and dates engraved on it.
Others just want to scatter the ashes on their favourite walk, or bury them under a tree or something. Everybody's wishes are different, so it is a very personal choice I feel.
Mine boys and old Pips always slept in my room with me, so I have their ashes in sealed wooden caskets (look a bit like jewellery boxes) with their names and dates on, in my bedroom still, where they would always have been in life.
As for size, no one can guess that, so personally, I would definitely wait until you get your boy back before making anything. You don't want to create something special for him, only to find it is too small (or big).
You could still get the designs worked out in your head, or on paper, but I wouldn't actually put it together till he's back.
That's my advice anyway.
P.S. I have just measured Biff's box, to give you an idea of size - he was one of my German Shepherds and a big lad.
His box is just under 8" long x 4 & half ins deep, by just under 5" high. His is a wooden casket with a brass name plaque.
Hope that helps.