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    • MSE Matt
    • By MSE Matt 7th Mar 17, 11:58 AM
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    MSE Matt
    How have you given your pets the best possible send off?
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    • 7th Mar 17, 11:58 AM
    How have you given your pets the best possible send off? 7th Mar 17 at 11:58 AM
    We spotted a story of primary school kids in Orkney giving a flaming Viking-boat send-off for two of their beloved goldfish - class pets Freddie and Bubbles - who sadly passed away.

    "While we will miss Freddy and Bubbles, we certainly enjoyed giving them a good send off to Valhalla."

    The touching story got us thinking... how have you given your pet(s) - cat, dog, goldfish etc - the best possible send-off?

    See the original news story on the BBC website: Orkney primary school goldfish get flaming Viking burial boat send off
    Last edited by MSE Andrea; 07-03-2017 at 1:13 PM.

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    • Mandelbrot
    • By Mandelbrot 9th Mar 17, 10:31 PM
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    Even the Roos that we have to dispatch,
    Originally posted by suki1964
    You have kangaroos?
    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 9th Mar 17, 10:34 PM
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    You have kangaroos?
    Originally posted by Mandelbrot
    Not allowed to post their real I'd's. It's rude
    • Mandelbrot
    • By Mandelbrot 9th Mar 17, 11:16 PM
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    Not allowed to post their real I'd's. It's rude
    Originally posted by suki1964
    Do you mean that the MSE word filter will turn it into a string of !!!s
    Last edited by Mandelbrot; 09-03-2017 at 11:58 PM.
    • By POPPYOSCAR 9th Mar 17, 11:42 PM
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    The death of one of our dogs two years ago came in the same week as the death of our nephew, so it was a double whammy for us.

    It was pouring with rain and late at night, my OH and son dug a deep hole under a tree in the back garden where all our pets are buried, in the dark with me holding a torch.

    We all stood around, myself and daughter in floods of tears and I said a few words.

    We still have his sister who is 17 this year and I try not to think about it but I know we will be facing this again in the near future.
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 10th Mar 17, 6:47 AM
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    Do you mean that the MSE word filter will turn it into a string of !!!s
    Originally posted by Mandelbrot
    She means c0cks.
    As in c0ckerels.
    As in c0ckadoodledoo.
    As in male hens.
    viz. Gallus gallus domesticus.
    (I just lurve spiders! )

    Her Greenliness Baroness Pyxis of the Alphabetty, P.P..

    X ~O
    • ripplyuk
    • By ripplyuk 10th Mar 17, 12:17 PM
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    Roos = Roosters!
    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 10th Mar 17, 3:47 PM
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    Roos = Roosters!
    Originally posted by ripplyuk

    Tasty they are as well

    I can't do the dreaded deed, but I'm no dozer when it comes sticking them in the slow cooker
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 10th Mar 17, 4:38 PM
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    Tasty they are as well

    I can't do the dreaded deed, but I'm no dozer when it comes sticking them in the slow cooker
    Originally posted by suki1964
    what! You stick them in the slow cooker ALIVE?

    (I just lurve spiders! )

    Her Greenliness Baroness Pyxis of the Alphabetty, P.P..

    X ~O
    • melbury
    • By melbury 12th Mar 17, 7:11 PM
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    Had to have our dear dog PTS on 1st March, it was absolutely heartbreaking. I have cried every day since.

    I can honestly say that of all the dogs we have lost, this was the most traumatic - he had cancer of the throat and so we were left to decide "when" which was horrendous. He was 10 years old, far too young.
    Stopped smoking 27/12/2007, but could start again at any time

    • bugslet
    • By bugslet 12th Mar 17, 9:47 PM
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    Sorry to hear that melbury. Sometimes it's very difficult to make that decision and for me the best way to think is that it wasn't too late. After that if I've had to put one of the mutts to sleep and I've been early, it's only been by a week or so, and better that than they be in pain.
    • catkins
    • By catkins 13th Mar 17, 8:53 AM
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    I have had quite a few rescue cats and dogs over the years so sadly have experienced a lot of deaths. It never gets any easier though.

    2012 was an awful year for me and OH. We had one cat drop dead in a neighbour's garden (he was only 6) and 2 cats run over and killed (they were 8 and 10).

    Then our dog had a few problems. He went to the vet to be x-rayed and we got a phone call to say he had huge tumours in his lungs and there was nothing that could be done. We drove to the vets to say our goodbyes, me crying and OH, who was driving, trying his hardest not to cry.

    We both told our boy how much we loved him and that he was going to a lovely place where he would not be in any pain and that, one day, we will see him again. He went calmly and quietly but I don't know how we held it together.

    We got to the car park of the vet and grief just hit both of us. We stood there completely unaware of the passing traffic and people going in and out of the vet and sobbed. I think I was actually wailing.

    We could not face going back to an empty house so we drove to a garden centre that had a coffee shop. We sat with a coffee each just sobbing. We got some strange looks from the staff and customers.

    We have never been back to that garden centre as it holds sad memories. In fact when we drive past, which we do fairly often, I have to look the other way.

    I think about our boy all the time and still get upset
    The world is over 4 billion years old and yet you somehow managed to exist at the same time as David Bowie
    • fussypensioner
    • By fussypensioner 13th Mar 17, 1:28 PM
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    Our last cat was put to sleep last June, she was 20. We called the vet to the house so that our cat was not stressed by being in the car and cat basket. We took her to a pet crem. the next day and her ashes are now in her favourite spot in he garden. Its such a painful experience every time and its like losing one of the family....

    ....but last Friday was my first time at the local cat rescue home where I now volunteer. I socialise with the cats and give them a good groom ready for the busy weekend, in the hope that some of them will find good homes. I expect when I go back later this week some will have gone and a few others will have arrived.

    My only problem is not bringing them all back home with me like some sort of mad cat woman.
    Holding back the years...
    • Money saving maniac
    • By Money saving maniac 19th Mar 17, 6:06 AM
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    Money saving maniac
    The MSE post reads like they want to hear 'funny' or quirky stories, maybe with an eye to getting them some publicity by sharing them.
    Not a good subject for a'jaunty' MSE post IMO
    • OldMotherTucker
    • By OldMotherTucker 19th Mar 17, 9:29 AM
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    Tis what it is - some people get comfort from reading and or sharing how much we love our pets! It's never a decision taken lightly and we often question, even angst, whether we made the right decision

    Grumpy cat still lives despite the intention of having her put to sleep nearly 2 weeks ago . . She's in a comfortable state thanks to human Diazepam and John West tuna! Not a 'regular' scenario at all - every day is a bonus!
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