MMD: Should I let them bury the dog?

edited 17 August 2010 at 9:29PM in Money Saving Polls
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edited 17 August 2010 at 9:29PM in Money Saving Polls
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Should I let them bury the dog?

We're selling our house, and this morning, our prospective buyers turned up to say their Great Dane had died and they wanted to bury it in our garden as they didn't want to leave her behind when they move. They've put in an offer we haven't exchanged yet. Should I take this as a sign of commitment and let them bury the dog, as I don't want to jeopardise the sale?
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  • emideeemidee Forumite
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    I presume cremating the dog & then having them scatter it's ashes in your garden AFTER you exchange is out of the question?

    I'd have reservations about it myself, after all, what if it all falls through? Also, Great Danes are BIG - you don't say how big your garden is but that's gonna be a huge hole!
  • ErrataErrata Forumite
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    Have a barbie - beer, Pringles and lots of hot dogs !
    .................:)....I'm smiling because I have no idea what's going on ...:)
  • ariba10ariba10 Forumite
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    Why not have a B B Q and have the dog?
    I used to be indecisive but now I am not sure.
  • I'd have to say no. What if the sale falls through? And where is the dog right now?
  • This is the easiest yet. The answer is of course no.

    This is for the reason that it is illegal to bury pets in your garden. I'd suggest something along the lines of "I am a law abiding citizen and would not like to aid or abet you in your illegal activites, please leave my property".

    I thought better of this site but I guess it's indicative of the downhill ride of this site.
  • edited 17 August 2010 at 11:10PM
    CloudaneCloudane Forumite
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    Hehe these get better and better.

    As part of the agreement to them doing it, I think I'd want the deal to be final. Presumably if it fell through they wouldn't want the dog buried there and would remove it, but... it'd be a bit annoying at that point.

    Edit: must admit I thought it was common practice amongst pet lovers. It's illegal??

    Edit 2: looks like it's legal but has to be where the dog lived (maybe the councils are scared of lost doggy ghosts!) http://www.gardenlaw.co.uk/gardenburial.html
  • ariba10ariba10 Forumite
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    jay.tyler wrote: »
    This is the easiest yet. The answer is of course no.

    This is for the reason that it is illegal to bury pets in your garden. .

    How long has that been law?
    I used to be indecisive but now I am not sure.
  • I believe that it was brought in early 2000s - supposedly for health reasons. I guess the government are still working out how they're going to stop wild animals dying willy Billy and perhaps are setting up a training program to teach them to go to the vet before popping off.

    Just because something is wide spread doesn't mean it's legal! Look at DVD piracy!
  • What is the problem with having a dog buried in your garden?
  • ariba10ariba10 Forumite
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    There are a few been buried in our garden over the years.

    (And no doubt there will be few more.)
    I used to be indecisive but now I am not sure.
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