Pet Urn Questions
Frequently asked questions. If you don't see your answer here please email me.
PET URNSHow can I create a loving memorial for my cat or dog?
What is the best size urn for my pet?
How is each urn created?
Why should I buy a custom, artist-created sculpture instead of a mass produced urn?
How do I know if my pet urn is an origional "Alex in Welderland Custom Pet Urn" urn?
What is unique about these urns?
How do I place the ashes into the urn?
How do I care for my pet urn?
What if I am not satisfied with my urn?
How long will it take to create my urn?
How do I choose a pet cremation urn?
LOSING YOUR PETWhat is unconditional love?
Should I euthanize?
How do I explain the loss of our pet to a child?
How do I cremate my pet?
There are many different ways to honor the memory of your loved pet. Memorials are best when the imagination is free to gather what ideas it may. Some ideas for inside memorials: place your pet's urn on a family altar, arrange a small corner of a table or shelf with his or her picture, the urn, and small mementos like a favorite toy, the urn on a table with a vase containing a fresh flower picked from the garden. The urns sit nicely on a mantle or right down near the fire in the hearth. You can place the urn in your pet's favorite spot in the house and you will always be reminded of how happy your pet was in the home.
On each page next to the size of the urn it will tell you what size pet can fit into the urn. Always try to allow for a little extra room inside. If you are in doubt, just go up a size. You can always go larger for asthetic reasons as well. Sometimes it is a good idea to think of where you want to place it, and then think of what size will look best there.
I am the sole creator of these pet urns. I hand craft them from start to finish. I am developing a process page which will show all the steps involved in the creation of each urn.
All I can say in answer to this is: your dear loved pet was not mass produced, honor that. As special as you dog, cat, bird, fish, or bunny was, remember them that way after they pass to the rainbow bridge. These pet urns are not only urns, they are also hand crafted works of sculpture.
Each urn will have my signature on it's belly or under the base as is the case with "Bliss". It will have a welded "V" (my first name is Vaike) along with date of creation.
All my urns are made by hand. They are truly as unique as your pet. Each one has it's own essence. No two will ever look alike. Your pet was special, it is so important that you memorialize him or her in a special way. These pet urns are made to last forever. They are breakproof and fireproof. If the three little piggies had only made their house out of steel, that wolf would not have stood a chance.
Each urn gets shipped out with a funnel, a plug, steel epoxy and instructions. The ashes go through the funnel into a 1/2" opening in the urn. Then simply knead the epoxy, place it on the "teeth" of the plug, push it into the pre-drilled hole and allow it to set for a few hours. For pictures and instructions you can go to Instructions for more details.
The urns are all made of mild steel with a wax and acrylic patina. It needs no more indoor care than a light dusting. A nice idea is to dust it at least once a year with an oil or wax based product. This will keep the urn's lustre. Anything that can be used on fine woods can be used on your urn. If you would like to place the urn outside in a garden, you can either order the Marine Varnish Finish from me (in the custom section) for an additional $12 or you can simply paint on a clear polyurethane finish yourself. As I now carry pet urns created by other artists as well, they will have different instructions for their pet urns. Always feel free to ask.
If there is a problem with your urn, it will be replaced at no extra charge. Please email me first so I know to expect it.
Each of my pet urns is custom created for each pet. I am not a manufacturer, each urn is a hand crafted, signed sculpture which I create for your lost pet alone. For me to do a proper and caring job it will take approximately 6-8 weeks for you to have your urn. But feel good in knowing you placed your friend in something truly befitting.
There are a number of different types of pet cremation urns. Each on will speak to a different taste, but they all have the same function. There are wooden boxes, metal urns, biodegradable urns, hand crafted and mass produced pet urns. At Alex in Welderland we do focus on the hand crafted pet urns. We also make sure that our urns are exclusive and not offered anywhere else. But that does not make ours the only option. Sometimes pricing plays a factor. Or speed. Sometimes a simple wooden box is all you need. Every choice is good.
There are some things you want to look for when purchasing an pet urn.
1- Quality. Is the urn going to hold up over a long period of time? Will the glue on wood hold? Are there any cracks in the seams that will expand with changes in temperature that will allow cremains to come through?
2- Seal. Is the urn securely sealed? Will the top come off if the urn is accidentally knocked over? Will the sealing method last over a long period of time?
3- Heart. Does the urn speak to your heart? Does the urn make you smile, make you remember the happy and joyful times with your pet?
Being met at the door every time you walk in with joy, love and happiness. Even if you just walked outside for 2 minutes. Being in a bad mood, sad mood, happy mood. It does not matter. They are so happy to be with you. Knowing that there is nothing that you do that will ever change the way they feel about you. You can be silly, stupid, make mistakes, chew with you mouth open, say the wrong thing, say the right thing, say it over and over, or say nothing at all. There is no judgement in their eyes. They just want you to be happy and they just want to be with you. How simple is that? Why can't the rest of the world be so wonderful and learn from the love of our pets?
This is the hardest choice we, as loving and caring pet owners/caretakers, must face. Our dogs and cats cannot tell us when they are in pain. They are so stoic and hide most of their discomfort. An animal in the wild often walks away from it's herd, group or pack to go alone and let go. There is a natual cycle of life we must all face. We have to be the judges of their life quality. We have to make sure we are not keeping them here longer (with medicines and surgery) than their comfort allows. When Peekay, my Catahoula Leopard Dog, was sick with cancer, I wanted to keep him with me, I researched everything I could to find some way of keeping him healthy. But it was for me. In a way I am glad that his cancer was so advanced that there was no option. For I fear I might have put him through discomfort while trying to make it alright for me, keeping myself from the loss of my heart. I wrapped him in one of my blankets, hoping he could smell me better and know I was there as he was going into a coma. Holding him in my arms as the vet injected him was the absolute hardest thing I have ever had to do in my life.I lay there for hours with him. I just couldn't leave him. Four years later the pain is still here. My heart still hurts. I do not regret my decision, the only other option was to let him suffer as he left this world. He had given me too much for me not to be the brave one at this point. This is a very personal decision, I have right to say what others should or should not do. All I can do is share my experience. Thank you. And I hope I can help you with my creations to give you some closure and some rest of heart.
I have no children. Only pets. And sometimes it is fortunate that they cannot understand the English language. I think truth is always the best. But I think truth can be told without frightening your child. Each parent knows their child the best. Knows what they understand, knows how they proccess information. Speak what is in your heart gently, and with love, and it cannot be wrong.
Pet cremation is becoming more and more common. As pets become one of the family, their aftercare becomes more like how we would treat our family. Every vet has a connection to a crematorium. If you trust your vet, he or she will have a reputable cremation service to recommend. Even if your dog or cat dies at home, just give your vet a call and they will guide you locally. If you do not have access to a vet, then a quick search on google will pull up a pet crematory close to your home. If you have trouble finding one, please feel free to email me and I will get you the information. And, of course, please visit my pet urns to see if I can create something especially for your little one. to learn more about the cremation process itself, you can got to Cremation.
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