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    MMD: Should I let them bury the dog?
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    • 16th Aug 10, 10:36 AM
    MMD: Should I let them bury the dog? 16th Aug 10 at 10:36 AM
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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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    Last edited by Former MSE Penelope; 17-08-2010 at 9:29 PM.
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    • By emidee 17th Aug 10, 9:29 PM
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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!
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    Have a barbie - beer, Pringles and lots of hot dogs !
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    • ariba10
    • By ariba10 17th Aug 10, 10:28 PM
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    • 17th Aug 10, 10:28 PM
    Why not have a B B Q and have the dog?
    I used to be indecisive but now I am not sure.
    • Solomon_Broad
    • By Solomon_Broad 17th Aug 10, 10:29 PM
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    • 17th Aug 10, 10:29 PM
    I'd have to say no. What if the sale falls through? And where is the dog right now?
  • jay.tyler
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    • 17th Aug 10, 10:54 PM
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    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.
    • Cloudane
    • By Cloudane 17th Aug 10, 10:58 PM
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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
    Last edited by Cloudane; 17-08-2010 at 11:10 PM.
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    • By ariba10 17th Aug 10, 10:59 PM
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    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. .
    Originally posted by jay.tyler
    How long has that been law?
    I used to be indecisive but now I am not sure.
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    • 17th Aug 10, 11:13 PM
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    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!
    • whosforachat
    • By whosforachat 17th Aug 10, 11:15 PM
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    What is the problem with having a dog buried in your garden?
    • ariba10
    • By ariba10 17th Aug 10, 11:18 PM
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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.
    • pennypinchUK
    • By pennypinchUK 17th Aug 10, 11:25 PM
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    Tell them they're welcome to bury the dog immediately upon exchange of contracts, but until then the pooch will have to be kept in cold storage, or formaldehyde if your buyer just happens to be Damien Hurst.
  • Cat72
    Tell them you will bury it but dont tell them where in the garden- incase the sale falls through and they try to dig it up !
  • Swirley
    I would have to politly refuse - what if the sale fell through?

    When my Aunt moved into a new house, she dug up the garden to put in a pond. We found a dog skeleton complete with collar and lead. It still upsets me to this day.
    When life gives you lemons make lemonade. When life gives you chocolate......eat it!
    • Rich44
    • By Rich44 17th Aug 10, 11:37 PM
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    How long has that been law?
    Originally posted by ariba10
    It's not, you can (with permission) bury a deceased loved one in the garden as long as you own the property and a few other conditions are met, so if you can bury a person then i'm damn sure that you can bury a dog.

    As for the original question the answer would be no for me, they can either cremate or arrange "storage" until contracts are exchanged
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    • By Rich44 17th Aug 10, 11:38 PM
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    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!
    Originally posted by jay.tyler
    Technically DVD piracy isn't illegal as unless you're selling them the police would not be involved and it would be a civil matter for breach of copyright
  • tryfive
    Legal for dogs
    This is for the reason that it is illegal to bury pets in your garden.
    Originally posted by jay.tyler
    NOT TRUE!

    If you own the property, and are looking to bury a pet which lived there, that's not too much of a issue. Far from it - it's pretty common practice.

    BUT!
    If your looking at something more the lines of livestock (chickens, anyone?), you'd have more of a problem - you'd need to check with DEFRA or the Environment Agency.

    You might want to suggest that they contact the Association of Private Pet Cemeteries and Crematoria (see http://www.appcc.org.uk ) and check the relevant legislation; see the DEFRA WWW site: Disposing of animal by-products: Legislation and enforcement ( http://www.defra.gov.uk/foodfarm/byproducts/legislation.htm )

    Since they don't own the property (yet) though...
  • toasted-lion
    Technically DVD piracy isn't illegal as unless you're selling them the police would not be involved and it would be a civil matter for breach of copyright
    Originally posted by Rich44
    Among the most stupid posts I've ever read. Copyright theft is illegal. Just because the police wouldn't necessarily deal with the matter doesn't mean it's not illegal.
    • Cloudane
    • By Cloudane 18th Aug 10, 1:01 AM
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    There are a few been buried in our garden over the years.

    (And no doubt there will be few more.)
    Originally posted by ariba10
    I'm just curious if you're still talking about dogs
    • Talent
    • By Talent 18th Aug 10, 1:25 AM
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    No!! No No No No
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