Pet Owners Take their Pets with them to the Afterlife

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

Evelyn McDaniel is the last of her living relatives.

While she may not share the company of her family anymore she does share her time with a family she's created.

“Ii did say to the funeral parlor guy one time, I said, when I pass away could my dog be put to sleep and be put at my feet in my casket," said McDaniel.

It may sound odd at first.

Having your pet buried with you.

But it's nothing out of the norm for Cary Goins.

“The needs and the want to have the pet buried with them because they were a companion for a dozen years and they're that close to them that they felt like they wanted to be buried with them so they're cremating their pets and putting them in an earn and in their will it states that my pets will be buried with me in my casket," said Goins.

Just last week Goins sold a St. Francis of Assisi urn to a family and another one was specially ordered.

Along with his pet grooming business Goins also specializes in the sale of caskets and even owns a pet cemetery.

“I guess it being like it's a family member they were apart of their lives and a lot of the animals and for the elderly that's all they have is their pet so it is their life," said Goins.

Some people have even asked if they can be buried with their pets at the cemetery.

“We have had a couple of people ask that, I think it was economics more than anything they just couldn't afford a regular burial place and just said do you do people," said Goins.

When it comes to McDaniel’s pets she says she has no intentions of having them in her casket.

But she says they will have a place to finally rest, in the pet cemetery with the other pups that were once family.

One Wiregrass woman says she's already cremated a few of her dogs.

She says when she and her husband pass, the pet ashes will be added to their own in one urn.


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  • by David Location: Enterprise on Feb 10, 2011 at 06:40 PM
    This is such an amusing story to me. Why? My buddy and his family lost their cat while being groomed at this particular establishment. The cat died and the manager of whom is spoken of in this article did not take responsibility for the death and disposal of the animal. Wouldn't it make sense for this to be taken care of if this manager OWNS a pet cemetery? I know this has nothing to do with the article, but it's definitely not appreciated by the family who lost their cat that this establishment is being made out to be a place for pets, or for pets to spend their eternity...with or without their owner. I, personally, don't see how anyone could be proud of an act such as this. Now it makes sense as to WHY the name of this business wasn't in the article. Pet owners shouldn't have to worry about where they take their pet or what goes on. They should be able to trust the care-takers. Petite Poodle and cemetery is definitely some place my pet will NEVER go. David
  • by Barbara Location: Bonifay on Feb 9, 2011 at 04:27 PM
    You know I just think having your pet put to sleep and buried with you is a bit to much. I wouldn't want my dog killed and buried with me if i died.My family would want to keep and look after my pet,because they would know i loved it. I wouldn't want to shorten up his life just because mine's gone.
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