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Re: What to do with your dead pet?

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what would be the best to do with a dead parrot?
Sell it, of course
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Old 10.03.2015, 14:07
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Re: What to do with your dead pet?

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Affoltern am Albis, you are allowed to bury animals up to 10 kg weight. Must be 2 feets under.
What?! And the rest sticking out??
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Old 10.03.2015, 14:13
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Re: What to do with your dead pet?

As said, many Gemeinden will allow a pet to be buried if under 10kg. But one must be careful of the zone - if in a green zone, in the Landwirtschaftszone, or otherwise protected area burial usually isn't allowed.

However, one can have one's pet cremated and then sprinkle or bury the ashes in one's garden. Puddle's owner asked that we bury his ashes in my garden here, as this was his favorite place. So once the weather warms up we will bury his ashes where he liked to sleep in the sun and then plant a memorial tree over the spot.

I sprinkled Psychocollie's ashes along his favorite mountain walk, which gave me great comfort at the time. But now I've sort of come to regret doing so, as when I leave Switzerland I'll leave him behind. Hence the rest of the dearly departed muttley crew are in urns on the mantlepiece, until we move back to the US where I will bury their ashes in my final garden.

A bit nuts, I know... but who ever said the bond between pet and owner was rational?

Cremation isn't that expensive, and most animal crematoria have a 'memorial garden' where the ashes are sprinkled. If you wish for an individual cremation with the ashes returned that will be more. (CHF 230 for an 8kg dog for instance.) The Gemeinde Kadaverstelle is either free, or a nominal charge. Many options, depending on what you want.

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It's not dead, it's resting.

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Old 10.03.2015, 14:42
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Dead animals don't magically disappear and are only "dealt with" by the authorities if they are in a location that is immediately visible. They don't regularly comb the undergrowth for dead animals.


Who said anything about the authorities dealing with them?

In the wild most dead animals will quickly be dealt with by predators such as foxes, birds of prey, martens etc. What's left which is basically just clean large bones which rot naturally or get picked up by wandering children.

We buried our deceased animals in the garden when I was a kid too, with a stone over them so they weren't accidentally exhumed. No idea whether it was allowed or not but it's what most people did but then most people we knew lived in houses with their own gardens.

Switzerland is a bit different as many more people live in flats and space is more limited so they have to make rules for these things. As always it's probably canton dependant but in Neuchâtel it's forbidden to bury any animal (whatever the size) or to put it in with the regular rubbish.

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Re: What to do with your dead pet?

With snow melting fast, the buzzards and red kites are back in large numbers on the top of the Jura mountain range- scouring the fields for any animal, big or small- that didn't make it through the winter. In our back fields, foxes are doing the same- and I know the badgers are out at night as the latrines have re-appeared along our stone wall (the way they mark territory). Nothing will be left for long- apart from the larger (clean) bones.

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Re: What to do with your dead pet?

A friend of mine buried a 'pet' butterfly. She was horrified by my flushing the fish down the loo.
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Old 10.03.2015, 16:08
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Re: What to do with your dead pet?

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A friend of mine buried a 'pet' butterfly. She was horrified by my flushing the fish down the loo.
I bury bad news but keep my skeletons in the closet.
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With snow melting fast, the buzzards and red kites are back in large numbers on the top of the Jura mountain range- scouring the fields for any animal, big or small- that didn't make it through the winter. In our back fields, foxes are doing the same- and I know the badgers are out at night as the latrines have re-appeared along our stone wall (the way they mark territory). Nothing will be left for long- apart from the larger (clean) bones.
Should the OP post you said guinea pig, after it's sad demise, for ecological recycling, Jura style?
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Old 10.03.2015, 17:04
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Re: What to do with your dead pet?

Y'all ain't thinkin 'bout this right:

http://www.perpetualpet.net/index.html
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Old 10.03.2015, 22:04
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Re: What to do with your dead pet?

As much as I love "Ouzo" the guinea pig, I am not too sure that I would treck him up the Jura sub Mountains, then return to collect the cleaned remains or have him freeze dried.............I still haven't got over the freeze dried site yet or the fact that someone thought to do that, But, you all all have answered my questions and cheered up an otherwise rubbish day....THANK YOU !!
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Old 11.03.2015, 14:40
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Re: What to do with your dead pet?

My beloved cat chose to die at 3 in the morning on a Sunday night. I called the SOS Vet people. No go. Then i called the vet's at 8 am on the dot, no go. I then had to carry her dead body in a banana box all the way to the vets, where i had a hissy fit. (it was her banana box, where she liked to sit)

I did later apologise. But, they had taken a hell of a lot of money off me for years, always nice etc. And for one of them to take ten minutes to come and get my cat was not on. Her ashes cost 230 francs at the time. They are in a box.

But, a couple of months ago, in Geneva. A friend's dog died and they came and got her. Now, i don't know who. But shall find out. For future sad references here.

For a guinea pig, i don't know. Peru?
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Re: What to do with your dead pet?

Just to add a little perspective for those who get all sentimental when it comes to disposing of the remains of a household pet, look at how the Tibetans deal with their dearly departed. It is called a 'sky burial' :
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sky_burial
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Re: What to do with your dead pet?

Here is another option for burial: http://tier-friedhof.ch/ where your beloved pet can be buried in a coffin without the need of cremation. This is the only place where a burial of a pet is possible in Switzerland.

The owners are super nice and amazing people. The place is lovely. Just would like to share this piece of info in case anyone else is looking for an alternative to cremation.

ps. we spoke to the owners and in order to have this place setup some 15 years ago, they had to have the laws changed in Switzerland. Subsequently, they wrote to 100+ communes in the triangle area (Bern/Basel/Zurich) asking if there's potential spot for a pet cemetery. Eventually, they came across the current place. The hurdle didn't stop there though as they had to convince the people in the village to allow for a pet cemetery which also wasn't an easy task. Anyhow, I'm very pleased that such a place exist and the owners have my full respect for what they've done.
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Here is another option for burial: http://tier-friedhof.ch/ where your beloved pet can be buried in a coffin without the need of cremation. This is the only place where a burial of a pet is possible in Switzerland.
It is so the only place that there is actually at least one other place: http://www.tierfriedhof.ch
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Here is another option for burial: http://tier-friedhof.ch/
That's tree hugging hippy crap. The traditional Swiss approach is to play "hornussen" with the cadaver - make sure to face either the neighbouring village or the parts where the immigrants live. Dead guinea pigs have been know to be some of the best hornuss around...

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