Can anyone comment on what arrangements they have chosen for their departed pets, and the reasons behind them? I find I am having difficulty with this issue, but I think I need to make decisions now so that I do not have that extra burden when the time comes. I have only had one other "large" pet die before - a dog, about 3 years ago. All the rest have been small critters like mice, who are all buried in the side yard. My dog is also buried in the back yard, under a tree that is fenced off from the current dogs so they cannot disturb her. She died very suddenly and it was a horrible shock and I wasn't thinking at all. My husband buried her and it all happened so fast, I forgot to retrieve her collar and tags. He offered to get them for me, but I couldn't bear the thought, so I went to the store and made a new tag for me to keep. I can't help but think that a cat wouldn't like the cold ground. Then again, mine were always indoors, so maybe he would enjoy being outside. If I choose cremation, do I want the ashes returned? If so, do I keep them? Do I sprinkle them somewhere? Where? I know this is a decision that every person needs to make for themselves, but I am hoping other people's stories may help, if it's not too painful for you to share. If it is, then I understand.