Post # 1
Yesterday, my family and I had to make the very difficult decision to put our 12 year old family dog to sleep. It was probably one of the most difficult days of my life. She was an amazing dog and I picked her out when I was in 7th grade from a local rescue shelter, raised her, trained her and she was there for me through every tough time I went through for 12 years. She was by my side when I was struggling to make new friends at my new middle school, when I was sick for 6 months my freshman year of high shcool and when I broke my engagement with my first fiance of 7 years.
I chose to have her privately creamated so her ashes could be returned to me and she could could be with our family forever. I am getting married next month and had everything I needed except for my something old. So my idea is to get a small charm that is a box and put a small amount of her ashes in it. I was thinking I could have this charm and her dog tag attached to my bridal bouquet and she would be my “something old.” Any thoughts on this? Is this sweet and nostalgic or creepy and gross?
Post # 3
I think it’s a great idea. I’m putting a locket on my bouquet with my grandparents pictures.
Post # 4
i think the tags on your bouquet would be a great idea
Post # 5
I think the dog tags would be enough for your something old. Sorry, but I think having some of the ashes with you is a little creepy, especially if they spilled out of the charm! I would be worried about that.
Post # 6
I think in theory, it is very sweet and nostalgice, but I have to agree with @OrchidLove: that “having some of the ashes with you is a little creepy, especially if they spilled out of the charm”.
Post # 7
a little locket pic or something could work too
Post # 8
That is a great idea, so sad about your doggy.
Post # 9
I don’t know if “creepy” is the right word, but maybe just not the right way to think of your dog. Maybe there is a picture of you 2 you could make into something, or maybe a locket with a picture of you in it? I think the dog tags sewed to the inside of the dress would be cute too.
Post # 10
@lindyjo: I completely understand the sentiment. I went through a LOT when we put her to sleep and I know I was wrecked for a while after that, so I completely feel your pain and grief. I have my old dog’s tag on my key chain so I can think of her every day!
ETA: (part of my post didn’t show up???). That said, I think in a week or two you’ll realize the ashes idea may not be the best way to have her with you. I do LOVE the ideas mentioned above about having her picture in a locket!