By Stanley Coren PhD., DSc, FRSC
Canine Corner, Psychology Today
Some American pet owners have chosen some exotic ways to memorialize their dogs.
It is a sad reality that no matter how much we love our dogs, our pets will not live forever. A new study conducted by Anthony Martin and other researchers at Choice Mutual has shown that just as we treat our dogs like family when they are alive, we also tend to treat them like family when they die. The research team looked at over 20 sources to uncover many of the ways that Americans memorialize their pets once they have passed away.
To begin with, like humans, the most common burial methods for pets are traditional burial in the ground or cremation. These choices may be partially due to tradition, but other factors, such as cost and practicality, play into them. Cremation is the more popular choice (for about 60 percent of pet owners), and that might be partly due to the fact that pet cemeteries are few and far between, and many owners don’t want to have to travel to visit their companion.