To make a long story short, we are planning to euthanize two of our dogs this week.
: Both of them are quite elderly and have serious health problems. In fact, we had no idea they would ever live this long, they have stunned everyone with their longevity in the face of illness.
But now that this day has come, I have some practical issues regarding disposing of their bodies. In the past, we paid $175 each to individually cremate our pets, or we buried small pets, like cats, in our yard. We no longer have the money where we could afford to pay $350 to cremate our two dogs. So that is out.
My concern is that our kids will be playing in the yard and I am concerned about burying two dogs (one forty pounds, one twenty pounds) where they play. Is this an OK thing to do, or is there a safer way to bury dogs?
We have had a few "fire drills" where we thought each of the dogs were going to die at different times over the past few years so we are OK on advice for helping the kids with the concept of death, our own grief, and so forth -- but please, if you have any suggestions at all on those issues, feel totally free to speak up, I am always open to learning.
We are firm on our decision to euthanize these dogs, though, my only regret is that we should have done it sooner, because these are sweet old dogs who deserve not to suffer in their last days. I know I sound cold and distant, but these are my favorite dogs ever (why is it always the sweetest dogs who die, and the obnoxious aggressive dogs that seem to live forever?). I guess I'm still in denial that this is really it, since the first time we thought one of them was going to die was five years ago before my children were even born.