How to go about moving a pet's grave
May 3, 2012 5:51 PM Subscribe
I need to exhume and move the remains of our pet. What can I expect? Any tips? Real world experience?
posted by anonymous to pets & animals (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Three months ago our very wonderful dog passed away. She was 14 years old and lived a good life. We wanted to bury her at our home, so I dug a 4ft hole under a nice tree, wrapped her body in a white sheet and buried her.
Fast forward three months, and my spouse has a great job offer back in our home state. It was totally unexpected, but we're putting our house on the market next week. The issue is that my spouse is incredibly upset over "leaving" our dog behind. We've only lived here for a few years, and our dog was sick most of the time we were here. Also, there's no reason we'll be back in this part of the country to visit the grave.
Without thinking much about the details of the task, I said I would move the remains with us.
I'm not at all the squeamish type, however I'm looking for some advice on what to expect, and perhaps how best to transport the remains.
The doggie was 10lbs when she died, and quite thin due to her illness. She was buried in early January. We're in the midwest and we've had an unusually mild spring. The soil is a mix of loose topsoil and clay, erring on the clay side. It's a 14 hour drive to the new home. We don't have a truck, so the remains will need to be sealed in a manner that can travel in the trunk of a car. I'll be able to rebury the remains immediately after the drive.