I knew someone who did this with the family dog after it died. Had the skull sitting on a bookshelf I heard of someone who decided to dig the dog BACK UP after it was buried and had been for half a year, boiled the skull clean and gave it as a birthday gift to his parents. I still get really strong sociopath vibes when thinking about that. Official See You In Valhalla T-Shirt An expat I knew in Costa Rica collected wildlife skulls. Mostly just roadkill he found and he had dozens of species. He would just leave them on a suspended platform and bugs would pick them clean. He was probably the most normal expat I ran into.
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I think the difference here is they didn’t used to be the family pet. It’s one step away from doing it to a deceased family member, which is one step away from doing it to a living family member. We’ve got our previous dogs’ ashes in boxes, so I don’t know why Official See You In Valhalla T-Shirt I find having a pet’s skull so creepy… but I do. Yeesh. I’ve stumbled on deer carcasses in the woods that had been there maybe a couple weeks and the stench is unbearable from 20 ft away. I can’t imagine digging something up after 6 months. Smells much less bad actually. Between the dampness and the critters youre mostly decomposed by that point iirc.
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A friend of mine will give another friend of mine the skull oh his dog once it’s fully rotten. A lot of us are chimney sweepers, and we all promised to give her the heads of dead birds we find in chimneys My ceramics teacher in high school had to get one of his legs amputated below the knee due to diabetes. He got that amputated leg cremated and kept it in a vase on his desk that he made. Idk if it’s much different than getting a pet cremated and having it’s ashes on display… Official See You In Valhalla T-Shirt My Grandma had a cat for 20 years that died and she had it in a little metal box next to the urn with my Grandpa’s ashes in it. She had the cat 10 years before he passed and 10 years after