Canine cremation is a low-cost option for those who wish to honor their dog’s memory in a dignified manner, and there are several options available when attempting to find the right dog urns. As I mentioned in a previous post, private cremation is a reasonably-priced service. One nice thing about private cremation for dogs, similar to human cremation, is that the option to take home the ashes is available. These ashes are initially presented to the bereaved in a temporary storage container, but there are several permanent dog urns and styles available, as well as memorial boxes and plaques.
A standard dog urn typically holds about 40 cubic inches of canine remains or more. As a rule of thumb, a bigger urn is always better as there is then room to spare as opposed to not enough room. Since dogs are smaller than most humans, however, these urns do tend to be smaller; therefore there are many options available for the permanent storage of your canine's remains.
Dog urns are made from various types of materials. Metals such as pewter, bronze, brass, and stainless steel are common. You can find urns made of stone as well, including marble and granite. A very common material some dog urns are made of is ceramic. Ceramic dog urns are worth noting because they vary in price, meaning you can purchase a very economical option if you are working with a budget or have financial constraints of any kind. Keep in mind when considering these choices that many urns can be personalized, if you prefer.
The cost of dog urns widely varies. While researching, I have found urns as inexpensive as 17 dollars (in this case, a keepsake urn, made to hold a small amount of canine remains). According to what I found, a good-quality decently-sized dog urn made from marble, bronze, pewter, or ceramic will cost you between 30-120 dollars. Around the hundred-dollar mark, absolutely elegant and eye-catching urns are available. A higher-priced dog urn will most likely be larger size, and have intricate designs and detail.
Another storage options for your dog’s ashes are wooden memorial storage boxes. This is a wonderful option because of versatility. The name of your dog and a special poem can be laser-engraved quite easily. Many of these wooden memorial boxes have mounted frames so you can include a special picture of your dog. For around 60 dollars, you can purchase a lovely wooden memorial storage box that not only can be engraved with your dog’s information, there are two mounts—one for a beloved photo and another to display a plaster paw print. In addition to ashes, other special items can fit in some of these boxes, depending on size, such as your dog’s favorite toy, a worn collar, or identification tag.
As with traditionally-styled dog urns, these memorial boxes will vary in pricing depending on the size of the box, whether or not mounting for pictures or paw prints is an option, and whether or not the box will be engraved at all.
As if you are purchasing an urn for human remains, some considerations apply:
Where will you display this urn?
For example, if you are choosing to keep this urn outdoors, a sturdier material, such as bronze, is an optimal choice. A wooden box, on the other hand, will be unable to withstand the elements. In addition, if you plan on burying your canine's remains, say, in your backyard, biodegradable urns are available. Surprisingly, these urns can be quite costly—up to 300 dollars.
Do you want a dog urn that captures the essence of your dog, or an urn that accents the décor in your home?
There are several themed dog urns available online. Some of these urns are made to resemble your dog’s breed. Other urns are shaped like favorite dog toys, such as tennis balls or chewing bones. Some urns are very discreet and are able to blend in with you room’s existing décor—these urns look like small vases or pinch pots. Keep in mind that dog urns vary in size too, if you are considering your room’s other accessories or if you are planning on the urn serving as a focal point in a certain area.
Recently I researched several animal cemeteries and crematories that specialized in cremating dogs. While researching these companies I spoke with many people, including close friends, who have used animal cremation services with favorable results. These kind-hearted people can also be described as avid animal enthusiasts. In my conversations and interviews regarding this subject, I noticed that my friends seem to be involved primarily with canine rescue. In the United States there are many abused and neglected dogs that need help. This winter has been especially brutal for stray dogs wandering the cold streets. Kind people like my friends are willing to take these dogs in until permanent homes can be arranged.
In many cases, permanent placement can be found for these dogs and the bonds of love and friendship are forged between human and dog. Dogs become loyal and faithful members of families. When these cherished animals pass away the sorrow and grief their human friends face can be severe. Recently my aunt suffered the loss of her dog and her and her twin sons were devastated. This dog, named Beau, was literally a member of this family unit. My aunt put him to rest with great dignity. Beau deserved to be put to his final rest with compassion and respect, as all dogs do. However, to a dog owner that is financially strapped, burial can be quite pricey, and in the case of many animal cemeteries, monthly maintenance fees for the upkeep of cemetery grounds apply. This is a strong reason as to why canine cremation is on the rise throughout the United States.
Whether whimsical or traditional, expensive or less so, and big or small…Remember that whatever dog urn you choose for your beloved animal you are choosing it out of love; therefore, there are no wrong choices.