In my family, pets aren’t just animals that live with us; they are part of our family. From the time I was a boy, they were and always will be our family members. So these days I get to spend time with Chloe, Sammy and Brandy. Chloe is a fox terrier – her 14th birthday is today, June 15th, 2014 – as I write this.
Sammy is a 20 pound Chihuahua, and Brandy is a well fed tiger cat. The dogs like to sit on top of the couch and bark at every UPS and Fedex truck that ventures into our cul de sac. Our mailman, Ed, is also familiar with them. Brandy the cat ignores everything, and the dogs know from painful experience not to mess with her.
I frequently get calls asking about pet cremation and the scattering of their ashes. Yes, it’s very common to have your pet cremated and his or her ashes scattered. I’ve scattered the ashes of hundreds of pets, usually with their owners, but sometimes alone. (We don’t charge for scattering the ashes of your pet; just bring or send them to me). And they have come from every walk of life; laborers, doctors, lawyers, and all types.
I remember one day a few years ago a woman called me and asked if I could scatter her ashes with those of her German Shepard. Of course I said yes, but she sounded young, much younger than I am, and so I thought I would never hear from her again. I do get calls from people who are planning their own memorial, but this one was different. She was so young.
A few months later I got a call from her family. The young lady had died from leukemia at the age of 32. Before she died, she told them about me and our conversation.
Her family and I scattered the ashes of her and her dog off the white sands of Clearwater Beach, Florida. It was a beautiful day with a cobalt blue, cloudless sky. The seas were as flat as a mill pond.
You know, you just never, ever know.
And Clearwater Beach is the same place I will be one day, along with Chloe, Sammy and Brandy.
If you or a family member wants to scatter the ashes of a pet – just let us know.
Captain John Polivick